Moses’ intimacy in the presence of God led to great influence on the plans of God. Twice God is about to destroy Israel for their sin, and both times Moses steps in, intercedes on their behalf, God changes His mind, and they are spared from destruction.
Your influence on Earth will never exceed your intimacy with Heaven. God listens to His friends, He moves on their behalf, He rewards them for their faithfulness, He even changes His plans according to their prayers.
Time seeking God’s heart can move God’s hand. Your intercession can bring His intervention.
God is calling His people to be influencers, catalysts, culture creators and destiny shapers. But all of this flows from intimacy with Him. He implants His dreams in our hearts and then infuses His power in our lives to fulfill them.
Seek intimacy and influence will follow.
Exodus 32:9-14 NIV
“I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff- necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, 'It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth'? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.' ” Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.”
“The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.” Moses said to the Lord,.....”If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, 'The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.' “Now may the Lord's strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 'The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.' In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.” The LORD replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked.”