Today’s Old Testament reading gives us the story of the golden calf, from Exodus. The Lord was about to destroy His people. Here is how the story ends, with Moses’ pleading: ‘But Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does thy wrath burn hot against thy people, whom thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them forth, 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. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou didst swear by thine own self, and didst say to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.’” And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people’.

Moses is not alone in his pleading with God; Abraham did the same. Intercession is powerful. All of us will have needs that we wish to lay before the Lord, many of them urgent. Let us take courage and believe that the Lord truly hears us, even if the answer is not what we might have expected. He does always answer prayer.

May God bless you this day.