In the ongoing series on the subject of “The Heavenly Census Register” (Read Lamb’s Book of life), we come to the penultimate portion even whilst focusing on yet another dimension of this ethereal subject…
“But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, erase my name from the record you have written” (Deut. 32:32 NLT)
Amazing is Moses’ determination, borne out of love for His sinful people, when it comes to interceding for Divine forgiveness. The Jews, who were liberated from the Egyptian bondage had (in Moses’ physical absence) committed a sin of idolatry and adultery right at the same Holy Place (Mount Sinai) where they had received Commandments to shun these 2 detestable activities (Ex. 20:4-5,14). Talk of holding a New Year Rev Party inside the Church right after the watch night service, breaking in the process all the New Year resolutions about holiness taken only a few hours earlier!
Like Moses, the Apostle Paul too, unthinkable as it seems, was willing to forego his salvation itself to see the fulfillment of his holy desire for Jews to accept Christ (“for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed–cut off from Christ!–if that would save them.” Rom. 9:3 NLT)!
The Lord, who loves intercessory prayer warriors who have a fervent desire to save the lost, feels sad when He does not find them:
“On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night…they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.” (Isa 62:6-7 ESV)
“And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.” (Ez. 22:30 ESV)
How about resolving this year, to witness (as often as possible — See Col 4:12 TLB) and intercede fervently for all the unbelievers who are acquainted to us, in order that their names would also be registered in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
George Mueller, the great Victorian Christian and social reformer, tells a story of persistent intercessory prayer for the lost in his diary:
In November 1844, I began to pray for the conversion of five individuals. I prayed every day without a single intermission, whether sick or in health, on the land, on the sea, and whatever the pressure of my engagements might be. Eighteen months elapsed before the first of the five was converted. I thanked God and prayed on for the others. Five years elapsed, and then the second was converted. I thanked God for the second, and prayed on for the other three. Day by day, I continued to pray for them, and six years passed before the third was converted. I thanked God for the three, and went on praying for the other two. These two remained unconverted.
Thirty-six years later he wrote that the other two, sons of one of Mueller’s friends, were still not converted. He wrote, “But I hope in God, I pray on, and look for the answer. They are not converted yet, but they will be.”
In 1897, fifty-two years after he began to pray daily, without interruption, for these two men, they were finally converted–but after he died! Hallelujah…these men’s names were also finally recorded in Lamb’s Book of life. How’s that for persistent praying (See Luke 18:1)!
Prayer: Father into Thy Hands we commit our hardened hearts which may not have a passion for intercession. Soften them in order, we become passionate intercessory prayer warriors in keeping with our high calling. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
J and SM Ministries
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