Setting the Spiritual Clock through Intercession
Setting the Spiritual Clock by Praying the right prayer at the right moment
It is all too common for people to try to rush God’s plans while others slow them down or even frustrate them. For those who are in a hurry it seems as though God wisely slows down the pace of His operation, while for those who seem to always slow down the work of God He attempts to push them forward in many ways. This is where the need for the prophetic ministry comes in. Not that anything is too difficult for God but I believe one of His greatest challenges is to set the clock in the lives of His people.
Discernment or lack of it in this area produces behavior that affects the speed in which the fulfillment of God’s will is accomplished. Some slow His work down and others try to hurry it up. Due to the rebellion of Miriam the people of Israel were delayed in the desert for a whole week waiting for the time necessary for her purification. On one hand, because of one person a whole nation lost a week’s time and the work of God was delayed.
So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again. And afterward the people moved from Hazeroth and camped in the Wilderness of Paran. (Numbers 12:15)
On the other hand, because of Moses’s intercession the work of God was moved ahead of schedule. God proposed to destroy the people in the desert and begin a new nation beginning with Moses. “Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.” (Exodus 32:10). How long would that have taken? Perhaps another 500 years! However Moses did not permit the people to be destroyed. “Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.” (Exodus 32:32).
It’s amazing how God receives certain types of intercession. In this case it almost seems that God humbles himself and proceeds in compliance with the request of Moses. It appears as though God asked Moses for permission to destroy the people, but Moses did not allow it and God accepted his position. This demonstrates the power of an intelligent prayer that boldly cooperates with God’s purposes while at the same time seeming presumptuously stubborn and resolute.
We must be ready for each specific step, time or task that God has for us, being sensible to what this time will demand of us. The right prayer, at the right moment offered by the right person that calculates the right price required by the moment, will have a surprising effect! The apostle John taught “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” Confidence in prayer depends upon discerning the will of God. When we pray the will of God our prayers will always produce the effect that we ask for.