Posted by: bshelley | March 31, 2009

Stand in the breach


Today’s Verse: Psalm 106:23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breech before Him, to turn away His wrath from destroying them. NASB

Have you ever wondered how powerful your prayers are? So many struggle with doubting prayers and half hearted petitions on behalf of others. The small group study from Focus on the family we are doing right now called The Truth Project asks, “Do you really believe what you believe is really real?” Watch out or this question will begin to haunt you like it does me! For instance, if we believe that when we pray that we are in the very presence of God, why would we ever forsake the opportunity to pray…for hours if possible? But do we? In today’s verse we see just how powerful the prayers of one righteous person can be. God was so furious at the Jews that He was about to wipe them out Himself. Moses stood in the breech between God and them and asked for God to spare them. God relented because of Moses’ prayer. Our petitions or intercessions on behalf of others are just as powerful. Because we are righteous in God’s eyes if we are in Christ, God hears our prayers and gives good answers to our prayers. Given, God decides from His superior perspective what is “good” in His will, but who would have anyone receive something other than God’s best for their particular needs? Pray hard in the knowledge that your prayers are powerful.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.



  1. Another good message, Bryan. Jesus paid a price to tear the veil so that we may have access to the throne of God. When we pray, our spirits go up to the throne to a God who bends down to listen to our pleas. He knows what is good and he has the power to turn all of our problem around and use them for our benefit. We can’t lose. Prayer is so powerful that Christ himself never did one thing without first communing with the Father. Sadly, most people just turn to God AFTER all else has failed.

  2. You make a good statement here. Why wouldn’t we spend hours with God if we realized we were in his presence? I don’t really know the answer to that question. I do see the manifestations of what happens simultaneous to prayer and the result of those prayers in Esther and in the apocryphal book Judith-two stories in which women saved the Jewish nation. Prayers went up, actions were ongoing.

    But, I don’t have to understand prayer to pray, and I know that God is active. So, I pray.

    And I pray for you to, that you will withstand the threat to your health so that you can keep blogs like this one rolling.

  3. No doubt this passage from Psalms is a great reminder of the power of prayer. How easy is it we lose sight of that. I too often find myself forsaking prayer because I feel they’re insignificant.

  4. I am have been in a Bible study this year studying the life of Moses. I have been thinking about how Moses’ face was radiant after spending so much time with the Lord and how our faces are also radiant when we “look to Him.” (Psalm 34:5)

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