A Daily Prayer based on Numbers 20 for 10/1/2014

Almighty God, I bring myself and ______________________ before you this day. I ask you to protect us from a grumbling and complaining spirit. I pray especially that we will not quarrel with you about the way you are managing our lives and providing for us. May we keep our lives free from the love of money, and be content with what we have. When we encounter adversity, I pray that we will imitate the example of Moses and Aaron and fall on our faces before you in prayer and petition. I pray that your glory will appear to us, that you will speak with us and provide guidance and supernatural help to face our adversity and overcome it. I pray that we will not give way to any mounting frustration in our lives, and that we will not take our anger out on those around us. If we are in leadership positions, protect us from lashing out in frustration at those we lead. Remind us of the tragic loss of opportunity Moses’ eruption of anger cost him in forfeiting his right to enter the land with his people. I also pray that you will show us how to handle every situation of conflict and confrontation. May we know when to stand firm and to hold our ground, and when to yield, as Israel did when Edom refused passage. Grant us the discernment to recognize your will in each circumstance. I pray that you will prompt us to choose political leaders at every level who will seek your face and your wisdom for every crisis as Moses did. Grant them your grace to deal with the frustrations of public office and handle themselves with calm and restraint. And just as you guided Moses with regard to Edom, may our leaders at the national level be given your counsel in dealing with other sovereign nations. I pray that you will so work through us that there will be many who will mourn when you bring us home to yourself, as the nation mourned over the death of Aaron. I pray that you will raise up behind us those who will carry on the work that you have done through us that each of us may leave behind a legacy that lasts long after we are gone. This I pray in the name of Jesus, amen. Numbers 20 Water From the Rock 1 In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. 2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, "If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD! 4 Why did you bring the LORD's community into this desert, that we and our livestock should die here? 5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!" 6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. 7 The LORD said to Moses, 8 "Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink." 9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD's presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?" 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. 12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them." 13 These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD and where he showed himself holy among them. Edom Denies Israel Passage 14 Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying: "This is what your brother Israel says: You know about all the hardships that have come upon us. 15 Our forefathers went down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our fathers, 16 but when we cried out to the LORD, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt. "Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. 17 Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the king's highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory." 18 But Edom answered: "You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword." 19 The Israelites replied: "We will go along the main road, and if we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through on foot—nothing else." 20 Again they answered: "You may not pass through." Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army. 21 Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them. The Death of Aaron 22 The whole Israelite community set out from Kadesh and came to Mount Hor. 23 At Mount Hor, near the border of Edom, the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 24 "Aaron will be gathered to his people. He will not enter the land I give the Israelites, because both of you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah. 25 Get Aaron and his son Eleazar and take them up Mount Hor. 26 Remove Aaron's garments and put them on his son Eleazar, for Aaron will be gathered to his people; he will die there." 27 Moses did as the LORD commanded: They went up Mount Hor in the sight of the whole community. 28 Moses removed Aaron's garments and put them on his son Eleazar. And Aaron died there on top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain, 29 and when the whole community learned that Aaron had died, the entire house of Israel mourned for him thirty days.

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Never before in the history of our country has America faced a moral crisis like the one before us today. The foundations of our government are crumbling right before our eyes. Our churches are abandoning God, our families are in shambles. There is only one hope for restoration - the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are to see restoration, it will come only by the grace of God's mercy. We have the assurance of Scripture that "if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14). There is no better way to pray according to the will of God than by praying his own word back to him. These daily prayers are crafted, as much as possible, to incorporate the very words of the Scripture.

About Bryan Fischer

 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.