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During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

– Exodus 2:23-25 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

Prayer plays a major role in the biblical narrative. Even though God knows the beginning from the end, he uses the prayers of his people to act upon the earth. This is a mystery, but as the Israelites cried for help God remembered his covenant. Did he really forget? Probably not, but it’s interesting that God waited until people called upon that covenant in prayer. It seems that prayer puts the actions of heaven on earth in motion. The prayer Jesus taught, Thy Kingdom Come, is not just a pious phrase—it is a prayer that can begin a revolution!

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