Can you change God's mind? We'll see in a moment. In today's Gospel reading from John 5, Jesus talks about accepting praise from people, but not seeking "the praise that comes from the only God."
In today's first reading from Exodus 32, we see a story of the power of intercessory prayer. Moses had come down from Mt. Sinai to find the people worshiping a golden calf. God was so displeased that he intended to destroy the people and start over again with just Moses. But Moses interceded for the people, asking God to be merciful. "So the LORD relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people."
As Christians, we believe in a personal God, a God who listens to us and responds. It's one of the reasons we pray. Why would Jesus tell us to pray if it was all for naught? It's clear that Moses changed God's mind. And so can we. Share with him your deepest desires. But always be prepared to accept his will, whatever that may be.
Father, we thank you for hearing our prayers and answering them in your perfect way and time. May your will be done. Amen.
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