"Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray." Psalm 5:2
Text: Exodus 8 : 12-15
AN AWESOME WAY TO PRAY
Moses had painted himself into a corner, had he not? He had asked Pharaoh to determine when intercession would be made to God to destroy the plague of frogs that had come upon Egypt! The Pharaoh’s reply was for Moses to pray to God to remove ALL the frogs – in one day – “tomorrow” ! Could this be done?
With great confidence in the promises of the Lord, Moses made intercession.
“Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh.
And Moses cried out to the LORD concerning the frogs
which He had brought against Pharaoh.
So the LORD did according to the word of Moses.
And the frogs died out of the houses, out of the courtyards,
and out of the fields. They gathered them together in heaps,
and the land stank.”
1. If it had been an Egyptian way of praying
If it had been an Egyptian way of praying, elaborate rituals would have to be performed.
a) There would be rituals for purifying of the petitioner.
b) Priests would have to be consulted.
c) Sacrifices would have to be made.
d) Time must be allowed for.
2. A simple, straightforward way of praying
Moses just spoke to God, offering nothing but words! How could prayer be so simple? Does the God of the Hebrews demand no sacrifice at all?
3. An immediate answer to prayer
What an answer! One moment, the frogs were hopping around, essentially making a nuisance of themselves to the Egyptians. The next moment, ALL the frogs died out! This swift answer to prayer would have been an awe-inspiring thing to see!
Pharaoh’s response was expected, it was nevertheless an astonishing act.
“But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief,
he hardened his heart and did not heed them,
as the LORD had said.”
This response from Pharaoh was as anticipated!