Day 29: Pray Anyway!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
Exodus 8:1-9:35
Matthew 19:13-30
Psalm 24:1-10
Proverbs 6:1-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Moses said, “Indeed I am going out from you, and I will entreat the Lord, that the swarms of flies may depart tomorrow from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people. But let Pharaoh not deal deceitfully anymore in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” So Moses went out from Pharaoh and entreated the Lord. – Ex 8:29-30

Pharaoh asked Moses to pray so God would stop the plague. Moses knew Pharaoh would change his mind; but he prayed anyway! Just because you don’t think someone will change, is not an excuse to hold back your prayers.

A constant theme in Scripture is praying for people who don’t deserve it. Jesus tells us, “…love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt 5:44). Why? “That you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (v 45). God blesses us: not because we deserve it, but because He loves us! And our love of other people should so move us that we are willing to pray for the people who hurt us the most.

In return for my love they are my accusers, but I give myself to prayer. – Ps 109:4

Prayer:

Father, give me boldness to pray for the people in my life who have hurt me the most. It’s not right for me to hold back my prayers. The bigger the offense, the more I’m going to pray, in Jesus’ name!

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