Prayerful courage

Week beginning: 27th November, 2016 | By Mhairi Hamilton | Ashford

'Moses brought their case before the LORD. And the LORD said to Moses, "The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father's brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them. And you shall speak to the people of Israel, saying, 'If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter … And it shall be for the people of Israel a statute and rule, as the LORD commanded Moses.'"'

Numbers 27 v 5-8, 11b (ESV)

Zelophehad's daughters approached Moses to request their deceased father's inheritance in the Promised Land. Their family risked being forgotten, dependent upon the whim of extended relatives for provision and care, simply because there was no male heir.

Their petition demonstrates that they knew God's word and His character. God himself had instructed Moses to register families by male heads, upon which the land would be distributed (Numbers 26); yet they also knew God as a God of justice and compassion, who has special regard for the widow and orphan.

The daughters showed prayerful courage in approaching Moses, having clearly considered their request, and its timing (before the land was allocated).

In response, despite being surrounded by advisers, Moses went straight to God. And God answered – clarifying the law, not only for Zelophehad's daughters but also for all future cases.

How do we respond to our workload? Do we know God's word and, through it, recognise His character? Are we making time for Him in our daily lives, and seeking His counsel for our caseloads and clients? Do we have prayerful courage to step out for those who are most in need of our skills, or where the law may need to be clarified?

May I encourage you today to take your cases and your studies to the Lord, for His wisdom, direction and timing – and to have prayerful courage.

Prayer Points:

1. May we remember to lift our cases, workloads and clients up to the Lord, asking for His wisdom, direction and timing in how we engage with them, and for prayerful courage.
2. For our CLEAR partners who are seeking to speak up for those dispossessed of their inheritance and those who are marginalised and particularly vulnerable, that they would know God's guidance and have prayerful courage for when He calls them to step out.

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