Num. 16: 20-22 …..and the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Get away from these people so that I may instantly destroy them!” But Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground, “O God, the God and source of all life,” they pleaded. “Must you be angry with all the people when only one man sins?”
I am always moved by Moses’ intercessions for the Israelites. We read of several times in which God had taken all He could take of their rebellious spirit and had planned on destroying them as a people and raising up another nation from Moses. Moses understood what people would say about God and how it would affect His reputation. Moses also had a heart for the people, in spite of their stubbornness and disobedient spirit.
God made it clear what He wanted to do to the Israelites because Korah and his followers’ rebellious hearts. Moses and Aaron did the only thing that they could do, they fell on their knees with their faces to the ground and pleaded for mercy on behalf of the Israelites. They pleaded with God to not wipe out all the people because of Korah’s sin. And, God relented and only punished Korah and his followers.
I wonder what would happen if we were to fall on our faces before God and pleaded for mercy for our nation, our churches, or our lost loved ones. I wonder, “When was the last time that you interceded on the behalf of another?” When was the last time you cared enough about their souls to pray? Should we not be broken before God over the lost? Is there any hope except that which is found on our knees?
Nothing will change unless we pray. God moves in response to the prayers of the broken, burdened souls of the saints. Will you pray for someone today?