Again we see the power of intercessory prayer as in the earlier exposition of Abraham praying for God to spare the city. In this Bible Prayer, Moses pleads for mercy for a rebellious people, and God spared them. Although we deserve God’s wrath, He is merciful, compassionate and willing always to forgive and return us unto himself. Like Abraham, Moses and countless examples in the Bible, we can stand in the gap and pray for others. Prayer is expressly needed in our world today. For the people are imaging vain things and serving token gods of self and materiality as in the day of Noah. But we have the promise of God that he will never again flood the earth.
God does not want to destroy his children, He acts consistently with His nature. He never changes. He is the God of Justice as well as the God of Mercy. When we change and obey his will, Our Father is always full of loving kindness and tender mercy to return us unto the fold.
Dr. Rebecca R. Rivka is (ret.) Professor of Psychology, Norfolk State University. Currently Elder at New Saint John AME Church, Virginia Beach, VA, Reverend E.H. Terrell, Jr., Pastor.