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What is Your Prayer... Survival or Revival?


“And he (Moses) said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock.”

(Exodus 33:18-21)



The request, made by Moses, was quite a request considering his history with God. First of all, Moses was a miracle baby. Moses’ life was spared while other male Hebrew babies were killed by order of Pharaoh. Moses was spared for a purpose. “Spared for a purpose” describes the lives of many people. Maybe this describes your life. Perhaps it was at birth or as a child or, later in life—but for God’s intervention, you would have died and not lived. The devil intended to circumvent God’s plan for your life—but God intervened…….you were “spared for a purpose”. You and I may look back on our life and remember when we were at a critical and crucial point. Discouraged, distracted and defeated we were ready to give up…..ready to make a bad choice and go the wrong direction----but, in mercy God intervened……we were “spared for a purpose”.


Indeed, Moses had a history with God. On the backside of the desert, Moses experienced the Holy presence of God. He heard God’s voice and heeded His call. God told Moses exactly what to do and how to do it. Moses had a history with God. Moses experienced an infusion of authority, power and boldness as He stood before an ungodly Pharaoh. Moses was an eyewitness of ten miraculous plagues. Moses saw the Glory Cloud that covered the Israelites by day and the Fire of God’s Presence at night. Red Sea waters parted, water from a rock, bread from heaven….Moses saw all of that and yet, asked for God to show him His Glory! Moses’ request was an expression of his hunger for more of God. The more God works and moves among people, the more hungry they become for Him. There is beginning to be a stirring, yearning and hungering for God and His manifest Presence. The greatest expression of God’s Glory is when sinners are convicted and drawn by the Holy Spirit and then accept Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives. When someone is baptized in the Holy Spirit, we see the Glory of God! When the sick are healed and the bound are set free, we see the Glory of God! When the awesome presence of God moves and ministers as God’s people worship….we see the Glory of God! Aren’t you hungry to see God’s Glory in His Church? Today, we echo Moses’ request: Lord, show us your Glory!


May Moses’ experience remind us that there is a place in God, where we can walk in a day-to-day awareness of His sweet presence. There is a place in God, where we can hear and heed His voice. There is place in God, where His anointing flows through us and touches the lives of those we minister to. What is your prayer: Survival or Revival?

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