Changing power of prayer

August 07, 2017 at 6:00 AM


(Editor’s note: Dr. Bourama Sidibe is the director of Mission Saint Luc in Segou, Mali. He began his ministry to rural villages in the region in November 2015.) 

Lifting up servant leaders

By Bourama Sidibe

"The next day Moses said to the people, 'You have committed a great sin but now I will go up to the Lord. Perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.' So Moses went back to the Lord and said, 'Oh, what a great sin these people have committed they have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin — but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.'" — Exodus 32:30-32.

What is taking place in this incredible scene before us?

Who changes when we pray?

Where did Moses get this heart that he is now bringing back to God in prayer  this heart that reflects God’s own commitment to His people?

Is this the heart we see in Moses at the burning bush when God called him?

Moses initially did not have a fully committed heart when God called him to lead his people. He showed little interest in being involved in what God was doing.

But in the time that God and Moses had been walking together  in the communion that they were sharing  God was building His heart into Moses.

As Moses prays, he is bringing back to God the heart of God. God is allowing Moses to participate with Him in the working out of His will in the lives of His people.

God transforms our hearts in the communion of prayer. As we bring back to God His heart in prayer, we participate powerfully in the working out of His will.

As Moses prayed for God’s people the next day, asking God to forgive them, we see the heart of God reflected even more fully.

Moses came to the Lord seeking forgiveness and compassion for God’s people and saying.

“God if you cannot forgive them, remove my name from the book you have written.”

This man  who had no heart for Him or for His people when God found him hiding in the wilderness  now has a heart so much like this Father’s that he says, “God, take my life in their place.” He is willing to lay down his life for the people of God.

Thus, it will be for you and me.

God builds his heart into us as we commune with him in prayer.

Prayer is communing with him. In the intimacy that our Father allows us to share with him, He transforms us and gives us His heart, prayer becomes powerful. We are changed when we pray.

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