How should we pray when we hear that a Christian has committed a terrible sin? It happens doesn’t it. A Christian we know and love falls into a gross sin or even a pattern of immorality. We get angry with them and decide to stop praying for them. They let the side down and therefore we let them go and turn our attention to others more faithful and godly. That’s the right thing to do, isn’t it?
Well, I think Moses would have a thing or two to say to us about that. While Moses was meeting with God on Sinai, Aaron had led God’s people into worshipping a golden calf. God saw what was happening and told Moses of his intention to judge them: “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you” (9-10). Moses’s response provides us with a model prayer for backslidden Christians.