1/26/2018 – Stop the Appeal and Move Forward! – Pr. Lori Nagaoka

Scripture:
13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. – Exodus 14:13-15

Observation:
This had to be a very scary time for the Israelites! Every horse & chariot of the ruler of Egypt (population estimated at about 3 million) plus his whole army at that time were chasing God’s chosen people. I love what Moses says to his people: “don’t be afraid and just watch what God is going to do. God will save us. Even more, we don’t need to say a thing not even pray out loud…God will fight for us.” God then admonishes Moses and says “stop appealing/crying out to Me…just do it and move forward”.

Application:
Wow! This is such a good word for me! I consider myself as a prophetic intercessor not your typical petitioning prayer warrior. I like to hear Holy Spirit’s leading and pray from His lead and prompting. But, I also have been guilty of wallowing in a place of prayer! The kind of prayer that at times seems to be powerful or even heart felt but really is more of my emotions and my flesh just actually whining. God does not waste anything. Time included! Sometimes, God just wants us to stop crying out and to stand upon the Truth of Who He is and What His Word says and move forward NOW! This is the
beautiful position of FAITH that we can stand upon…Jesus is For Us and He will
accomplish His Purposes in and through us.

Prayer:
Father, I ask for your forgiveness when I have wallowed in my own emotions and thoughts in “prayer”. I am so grateful for the beautiful Truth of the Greatness of Who You are! You are the God that goes before me and scatters my enemies. I will gladly stand and see Your Salvation! I Love You, Jesus!