Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013 “For Crying Out Loud”

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” (Exodus 14;15)

Good Morning Prayer Sojourners!

I, being a great advocate for the power and utilization of prayer, am finding this particular blog entry to be a little difficult to write, for what I am hearing the Lord saying to Moses, and to my heart, that there is a time to stop praying and to get moving.  Some time ago, I did share some related thoughts on the subject when it comes to “prayer babbling.” Long, drawn-out prayer is not what God desires. There comes a time, when we have laid out our requests before the Lord, that we are to stop and trust the Lord’s leading. In this account, the Israelites are being pursued by the horses and chariots of the Egyptians after the great exodus from bondage. Their backs to the sea, the terrified Israelites turn to Moses and say “Didn’ t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians?’ It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert.”  Moses is trying to reason with the rabble, assuring them of God’s intervention on their behalf, praying to God at the same time, crying out to God for deliverance…all the while the Egyptians are bearing down on them in hot pursuit. Then God says to Moses: “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” A more contemporary understanding of what God is saying might well be, “For crying out loud! Get moving!” 

Prayer must have a vital place in our lives, but prayer is not only a noun…it is also a verb. With prayer there is always a place for action. There are times we know very well what we must do, but still we pray for additional guidance as an excuse for our procrastination because we really don’t want to do what we know we must do. If we know what God is directing us to do, then it is time that we get moving and do it. What prayer answer has God provided for you that you have delayed in your obedient response to  action? It’s time to stop crying and to move on. Let’s pray!

Holy Lord God; Our prayer is this…that as you reveal your perfect will to our hearts and minds when we cry out to you, we may respond obediently and confidently, knowing that your ways are perfect…your directives are trustworthy…your solutions are flawless. Let us so pray and so respond and “trust and obey”. Amen

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