March 23, 2017

Moses and Pharaoh

In the book of Exodus, after experiencing the plagues, Pharaoh asked Moses to pray for him. I find it curious that Moses did not pray in Pharaohs presence, but rather said when he left that place, or left Pharaoh’s presence, he would pray to God. Contrary to today’s practice, Moses did not make a public production, or offer a prayer where Pharaoh could hear the petition. Jesus said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matt 6:5-6 NIV).

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