Numbers 14:19 Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” 20 Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; 21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord—

When Moses prayed that God would spare His people, God heard his request and spared them based on Moses’ request alone. God doesn’t show partiality (Rom. 2:11). If He did it for Moses, He has to do it for us too.

We may have a child, a family member, or a close friend who’s made bad decisions in their lives and we know they deserve severe consequences. Instead of being troubled by the type of consequences they’ll receive, we can activate our faith and request His mercy be poured out of them.

Moses’ prayer may have spared the children of Israel from death but, because of their actions, God still didn’t let them experience the promised land. Consequences will happen based on people’s choices, however, the severity of those consequences can be lightened based on our prayer.

So, think about that person who has done something wrong (even if it’s ourselves) and pray that God’s mercy be activated and let’s praise God that His mercy endures forever (Psalm 136).