Category: The Prayers of the Bible

Moses – Numbers 12:11-13 – ‘So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!” So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!”’

The context of this prayer is one of rebellion from Moses brother Aaron, and his sister Miriam. They speak out against Moses because he has married an Ethiopian woman, and they try and list themselves up to his level – ‘has the Lord not spoken  through us also?’ This passage also has an astounding statement about Moses (especially as we believe Moses wrote the book!) that he was the most humble man on the face of the earth at that point, and as we look at the situation, two completely different attitudes come out. (more…)

Moses – Exodus 32:32 – ‘Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”’

You just have to look at this prayer and stand back in awe! There’s nothing complicated about it, it’s just plain and simple for us all to see, and yet it is one of the most humbling and challenging prayers you could ever read. (more…)

Moses – Exodus 15:24-25 – ‘And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.’

The beginning of Exodus 15 is one of the heights of certainly the Old Testament, if not the whole Bible. God sends an 80 year old shepherd and his brother to deliver His people from slavery to the most powerful nation on the face of the earth, and he helps them to pull it off. (more…)

Moses – Exodus 8:8 – ‘Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Entreat the LORD that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.”’

The whole of the account of what we call the Exodus (when God delivered Israel from Egypt) is a lesson in how even the miraculous is not sometimes enough to convince men to honour and obey God, and this is one of the prime places where this comes out. (more…)

Manoah – Judges 13:8 – ‘Then Manoah prayed to the LORD, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”’

This prayer is such a simple prayer, and in a way the answer is simple as well, and yet it still has something to teach us about God and our response to Him. The situation is this – Manoah and his wife have no children because she is barren. (more…)