‘… just as you have declared: “The Lord is … abounding in love” Numbers 14.17-18
The context for these words is that yet again the people have turned against God, and once again Moses pleads for mercy on their behalf. However, rather than simply asking God for mercy, Moses takes what God has revealed about his own character and reminds God of it. This is not about reminding a forgetful God what he is really like! It is more likely to be Moses recalling the character of God for himself and certainly we find that he exhibits a fresh confidence in the way that he prays.
In these days after Christmas, we are called back again and again to reflect on the character of the God who loved us so much that he gave Jesus for us. Christmas is all about the love of God for us. So when you pray, before rushing into the issues that are on your mind, spend a few minutes reminding yourself about God’s character; that his love is constant and he is always faithful to you even if you are not so faithful to him.
As you apply these truths to God they will change the way you pray and you will discover that you are carrying your requests to the ‘throne of grace with confidence’ (as written by the author of the letter to the Hebrews). The way to approach God with confidence is to recognise and acknowledge the reality and truth about him.
Spend a few moments worshipping him for his love, presence, faithfulness, power and might – all revealed in the events of that first Christmas - and then lift your concerns and requests to him with a new confidence.
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