So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17, NKJV)
We sat chatting about our week and I shared a thought which was stirring in me. He sat, shaking his head and replied, “You’re crazy. That is never going to happen.”
Now maybe he is right but what if he isn’t?
I had read the above verse earlier in the morning. In this portion of Scripture, we find Moses asking for the very thing no one was supposed to be able to obtain – and that was to “see God and live” (Exodus 33:20). Moses had to know already and yet we find him asking for this very thing.
Moses, being called to lead God’s people out of Egypt and into their Promiseland, needed more than victory over his enemies. In fact, he needed more:
- than God’s power to lead the people
- more than their physical needs to be met
- more than another miracle
He wanted something never before experienced – proof of the overwhelming Presence of the Lord. And he wasn’t settling for less.
He asked for, and received, what no one else had experienced – he personally saw the glory of the Lord pass before him. God’s very hand hid him in the crevice of the rock until the glory of the Lord had passed.
Moses saw the glory of the Lord from behind and lived to talk about it.
He would have missed this experience if he had never asked. Here’s the lesson I am learning from this:
- Moses had guts. Seriously. He had the guts to ask and to ask boldly for something no one had ever asked before.
- God honored his request. Maybe, just maybe, God likes it when we pray big.
- Maybe if what we are asking, aligns with God’s will and ultimately brings Him glory, He responds.
So back to me. I am not sure how God is going to respond to my prayers right now. But I know this – I want to find out.
This much I know for certain – no matter how my prayers are answered,
He will teach me something more about Himself in my asking.
And that will make it all worth the asking!