Friday, April 7, 2017

"The Basket"

"And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink."  Exodus 2:3

There are two stories in the Bible, one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament,  where a basket was used as a means of protection.  One was the story of how Moses was placed in a basket and hid among the tall reeds.  The other was when Paul was lowered down out of the city of Damascus over a wall.

Both the baby Moses and Paul were placed in a basket to protect them from those who were trying to kill them.  Moses from Pharaoh.  Paul from the Jews. 

Today we don't put people in a literal basket for safety.  But we can still place them in a "basket" for protection.  The basket that I am referring to is intercessory prayer.  

Moses' mother interceded (intervened) on behalf of his life and placed him in a physical place of protection from the men who were trying to kill him.  Paul's fellow Christians interceded (intervened) on his behalf and placed him in a physical place of protection from those who were trying to kill him.  Those who sought to kill Moses and Paul were physical enemies.  We may not have flesh and blood enemies who are trying to kill us, but we do have a spiritual enemy who is out to steal, kill and destroy us and everyone else-- our family, our friends, our leaders, etc

As we intercede for them we are placing them in a "basket of protection".  We are asking the Lord to watch over them, to deliver them, to keep them safe from harm and danger, and so on.  Are you interceding for others?  Are you placing them in a place of safety-- under God's protection?   

Have a great day.  When you intercede and pray for others, you are placing them in a "basket of protection". 

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