And the Lord said to Moses, Make a fiery serpent [of bronze] and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live. —Numbers 21:8
At one point in Israel’s history, Israelites were dying in large numbers because a plague of snakes came upon them and were biting them as a result of their sin (see Numbers 21:6). What did their leader, Moses, do? He prayed. To solve the problem, Moses turned his attention immediately to God, not to himself or anyone else.
I have found that victorious people in the Bible faced their problems with prayer. They did not worry; they prayed. I ask you today: Do you worry or do you take your needs to God in prayer? Moses sought God about how to handle the snakes. He did not make his own plan and ask God to bless it; he did not try to figure out an answer in his mind, nor did he worry. He prayed, and his action brought a response from God. God told Moses to make a bronze serpent, set it on a pole and put it in front of the people. Every…
Yahweh Almighty, before the hosts of angels we stand in awe,
and whose heavenly service we acknowledge; may it please you to regard
favorably and to bless and hallow this creation, water.May you be purified water, empowered to drive
afar all power of the enemy, in fact, to root out and banish the enemy himself,
along with his fallen angels.
May everything that this waters sprinkles upon in the homes
and gatherings of the faithful be delivered from all that is unclean and
hurtful; let no breath of contagion hover there, no taint of corruption; let
all the wiles of the lurking enemy come to nothing.By the sprinkling of this water may everything
opposed to the safety and peace of the occupants of these homes and churches be
banished, so that in calling on your set-apart name they may know the
well-being they desire, and be protected from every per…