What Moses Learned About Worship and Prayer

Exodus 3:1-12 (ESV) ~ “Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”


One thing we really need to understand before we get started is this: Moses was not a movie star Charlton Heston, but was a plain normal person just like us. He was an ordinary man who walked on the back side of the desert. This was a spiritual, as well as a geographical, desert. All the events of his life brought him to this desert, to a burning experience with God. In that experience, Moses learned some remarkable things about the purpose, place, and path of worship and prayer.


The Purpose of Worship

  • We need to settle the “why” God is calling us to worship and prayer.
    • We need to look for what Scripture refers to as the “weight of glory”
      • 2 Corinthians 4:17 (ESV) ~ For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
    • We don’t need to be interested in a daily dose of the feel good
    • Worship and Prayer is not about reciting rituals or taking part in some routine of programmed irrelevance
    • Worship and Prayer has a practical pursuit and powerful intent
  • In worship and prayer, we:
    • Find out who we are and who He is
    • Come to know who He is because we get into His presence
    • Moses had to spend time on holy ground in the presence of God to be called into something more than being a shepherd
    • David discovered his calling to be a giant killer and king though worship
    • Hannah discovered her calling as a mother of a prophet through worship and prayer
    • Mary discovered she was to be the mother of the Messiah through worship and prayer
    • The early church discovered their destiny as initiators of revival through worship and prayer
  • In worship and prayer, we find our deliverance.
    • God revealed to Moses that a lot of people were in trouble and he was related to them all.
    • In worship and prayer, you will find that God will call you to deliver those who are closest to you.
    • The purpose to worship and prayer is not a mystical experience or marvelous thoughts so you can sound like a super spiritual guru.
    • The purpose of worship and prayer is practical. We need to learn what we are made for and how to be better at our calling. How can we be an instrument of helping others receive freedom?

The Place of Worship

  • It is important to know where God meets us.
  • The Place of Worship refers to two things:
    • Geography ~ what went on in the location itself
    • Encounter ~ what went on in the man himself
  • There was a place in Moses’ life where he was ready to meet the Lord. Not just a place on earth, but a place in his heart.
  • The “mountain of God” is referred to throughout Scripture:
    • You home can be the “mountain of God.”
    • Your church can be the “mountain of God.”
    • Your workplace can be the “mountain of God.”
    • Your heart can be designated as the “mountain of God.”


The Pathway of Worship

  • Don’t forget the process that brought Moses to the desert. But notice these steps taken once the bush caught on fire.
    • Moses turned aside from his shepherding to give his attention to God.
    • Moses waited and listened. God called Moses by name and has instruction personalized with your name on it.
    • Moses took off his shoes for two reasons:
      • It rids you of all you picked up on the way to worship
      • It rids you of what has been fashioned with your own hands. You no longer stand on your accomplishments, but you now stand on what He has done and is doing.
    • God is calling us to get rid of everything that smells of the past and walk humbly before Him.



Worship and prayer brings us into God’s presence. When we learn about the purpose, place and pathway of worship and prayer, we can truly learn what it means to Worship Him!

Pastor Andy Lambert

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