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In this message, I will take a look at two men in the Bible that got ahold of God’s heart. Moses and Samuel. God is longing for a man of prayer or a woman of prayer to move his heart. Those in the Bible and even today have and will see amazing things in their lifetime if their prayer life is as close to the Lord as these two men’s prayer lives were. We serve the same God today as Moses and Samuel did in their day. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do you believe this? Do you believe in your heart that in your prayers, you will be able to move the heart of God in a mighty way? God Almighty is longing for a man to really move his heart. I pray that this message will help you in your prayer life.
Jeremiah 15:1 “Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.”
What the Lord is telling Jeremiah is that if Moses and Samuel were back on the earth and praying for Jerusalem that he would not hear their cry for the southern kingdom and for the city of Jerusalem. That judgment was going to come down on Judah no matter who prayed for them. There will come a time of judgment on nations, cities, and individuals, and interceding for them will go unheard on God’s hears. This verse tells me that Moses and Samuel had such an amazing prayer life with their Lord. My heart’s desire is to have that kind of prayer life with my Lord.
How can we move the heart of God when we don’t even give him our whole heart? Do you have a desire in your heart to even move his heart to answer a really big prayer? Most of the time, at the end of our prayers, we will add, “Lord, let your will be done.” He would want us to move his heart to answer this prayer in a mighty way, but we must have faith that our prayer will move his heart.
I had preachers pray over my wife, Jenni, and say, “In the mighty name of Jesus, I declare her healed.” Jesus did not heal my wife; he took her home to be with him in Heaven. The Bible does not say that all you have to do is say his name and it will be done. But there are men in the Bible that moved the heart of God. Look at what happened in the lives of Moses and Samuel. Their prayers moved the heart of their Heavenly Father all the time.
I have a question. If Moses and Samuel stood before the Lord on behalf of America, would he hear their cry? I believe the answer to that question is no because America’s sins have reached the nostrils of God. But I do believe we can intercede on behalf of millions of lost Americans to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior before it is too late.
Why did God say that to Jeremiah about Moses and Samuel? Let’s get into the message.
Psalms 99:6 “Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.”
These men called upon the Lord, and he answered them. We can have this kind of prayer life with our Lord also. He desires to have this close of a relationship with all of us. Getting this close to our Lord through prayer takes a lot of work on our part. He is always there with us. How many words do we say to the Lord from our hearts to his heart in a day?
Looking at Moses’s prayer life
Moses spent forty days and nights up on Mount Sinai with the Lord. This is the kind of relationship he had with the God of the Universe. What an amazing relationship to have! We may not be able to ask the Lord if we can see his face, but we can have this close of a relationship with the Creator of all things. Moses did ask the Lord if he could see his face, and the Lord said if he would see his face, he would die. The Lord covered him and allowed him to see the back side of him. What a close relationship Moses had with the Lord! This is the kind of relationship we will have in Heaven with Jesus, but we do not have to wait to get to heaven to have this kind of relationship with him. The Lord’s desire is to have this close of a relationship with all of us while we are here on this earth. How close is your relationship with Jesus?
Exodus 32:11 “And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?”
Exodus 32:12 “Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.”
Exodus 32:13 “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.”
Exodus 32:14 “And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”
In verse 11, it says, “Moses besought the Lord.” To beseech means to ask in a pleading way. Our Pastor said in a message the other day, “When you pray, do you give the Lord a way out in the prayer?” So many times in our prayer life, that is what we do when we say to the Lord, ‘Please heal John Doe, but if you don’t heal him, let your will be done.’ Moses was pleading with the Lord on behalf of the children of Israel. When Moses prayed to the Lord, he was seeking the answer from the Lord to save their lives. The Lord heard his prayer; Moses moved the heart of God. How many times do we go to prayer with the Lord yet not even believing that the Lord will hear us?
In verse 12, it is amazing what Moses said to the Lord, “And repent of this evil against thy people.” Moses is not saying you have sinned and to turn away from it. God cannot sin. Moses is pleading with the Lord to turn away his wrath from the people. This verse in Psalms comes to my mind:
Psalms 106:23 “Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.”
Moses was determined to move the heart of God. Moses stood in the breach for the sake of the children of Israel. If Moses had not done this, God would have destroyed them that day. I think it is time to stand in the breach for the lost souls all over the world to turn away the Lord’s wrath from them. It is their choice to receive Jesus Christ or reject him.
In verse 13, Moses quoted Scripture to the Lord. When you pray, do you quote Scripture to the Lord? Maybe this is why you cannot move the heart of God. ‘Remember the covenant you have with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants.’ This touched the heart of the Lord. Moses quoted the Scriptures while he prayed to the Lord. When you pray, start quoting Scriptures to the Lord. While you are praying, you may ask the Holy Spirit to bring into your mind the verse in the Bible to quote.
In verse 14, The Lord repented of the evil he was going to do unto his people. Wow! This is the result of a man on this earth moving the heart of God Almighty through prayer! I just ask myself this question: Was there another man on the face of the earth that could have stood in the breach between God and Israel? I believe the answer to that question is a big no. There was not a man on the face of the earth at the time of Moses that was this close to the Lord as Moses was. I believe that because of the closeness of their relationship with each other, Moses could really move the heart of God like no other man at his time.
Let’s take a look at Samuel.
1 Samuel 7:8 “And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.”
1 Samuel 7:9 “And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him.”
1 Samuel 7:10 “And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.”
In verse 8, what did the children of Israel say to Samuel? “Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us.” Is this the cry of every lost person around the world? ‘Please don’t stop praying for us.’ I believe one of the reasons why Samuel was mentioned by God to Jeremiah along with Moses was that he never quit praying for the people. It is not time to quit praying for those you have been praying for, and it is not time to forget to pray for them, either. I’m reminded of this verse in James:
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
What does this verse mean about prayer? It means work, work, work, and more work. That is why so few put this verse into practice in their life. I ask myself this question: how many Christians on the face of the earth live by this verse and practice it in their everyday living? When you really get down to it, that is why so many Christians’ prayer life is so weak. We forget to pray as often and as fervently (with passionate intensity; heartfelt) as we should. We are too busy in this life or in working for the Lord in the ministry. Let us slow down and look at our prayer life.
In verse 9, Samuel took a lamb and offered the lamb unto the Lord. Jesus, the Lamb of God, has already been offered to the Lord. The price has been paid in full. Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel, and the Lord heard him. This verse says so much. We need to live as he has risen, but we also need to pray to our God the Father like he has risen because the tomb is empty. So the reason why we are living a defeated life is because that is how we are praying to the one that has already given us victory. When Samuel cried for the people, it was a tremendous cry to the Lord on behalf of the people. He really cried long and hard on behalf of the people. Have you ever cried this hard for someone in your prayers? I love this next statement in verse 9, “and the Lord heard him.” Does he hear your prayers?
In verse 10, we see the results of the prayer of Samuel getting ahold of the heart of God: “and they were smitten before Israel.” God answered the prayer of Samuel.
Moses and Samuel really got ahold of God’s heart. I believe that is why God mentions to Jeremiah (in Jeremiah 15:1) the name of two men in the Bible that got ahold of his heart when they prayed to him.
In the next article, I will finish this message by looking at two more men in the Bible. The title of the next message is, To Move the Heart of God. The names of the two men are Hezekiah and Daniel. I will give my closing thought in the next article on both of the messages. I pray that this has helped you in your prayer life.
I am asking all prayer warriors from around the world to join us for a day of prayer, fasting, and repentance on December 8, 2022, for these 7 nations:
- Argentina and on behalf of over 46,191,184 precious souls.
- Bolivia and on behalf of over 12,054,840 precious souls.
- Brazil and on behalf of over 216,189,659 precious souls.
- Chile and on behalf of over 19,509,587 precious souls.
- Colombia and on behalf of over 52,186,176 precious souls.
- USA and on behalf of over 335,733,967 precious souls.
- Israel and all Jews around the world and on behalf of over 15.2 million precious Jews.
I ask you to please join us in interceding on behalf of the lost souls in these 7 countries. We are believing that we’re moving the heart of God. Join in with us for the harvest of the lost.
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