This morning I prayed with Moses.
If your presence will not go out with me, do not let me leave this house. How else will anyone know that I belong to you? How will they know that Jesus makes life on earth different, better and eternal life possible? You, Oh Lord are my distinction, my definition. You are my hope and all that I live for. But if I go out in my own strength, I dishonor your name.
Read Exodus 33: 17-23, to hear God’s covenant response to His children when they pray this way.
And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, ofor you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please pshow me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for sman shall not see me and live.” And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a tcleft of the rock, and I will ucover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”
I am so fearful of squandering the most precious relationship I have. Father, don’t let me lose the joy of my salvation. Forgive me for being so easily distracted. Oh Father, I hunger for your nearness and your fellowship. I hear you calling me to listen more intently. What you have to say is infinitely more valuable than anything I would say.
“Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”