In the following article you will find a brief commentary on Exodus 2 that goes along with our Riverside Church Two Year Bible Reading Plan (Volume 1 & Volume 2). This plan will allow you to read the New Testament and Psalms once every year and the Old Testament once every two years.
Prayer comes in many forms. We are reminded of this in Paul’s famous description of our spiritual armor.
Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
We pray at all times. We pray in the Spirit. We pray with all prayer. We pray with supplication. We keep alert and pray with all perseverance. We pray for all the saints. All-prayer!
In Exodus God is going to deliver his people and as pretty much in everything God does, it begins with prayer.
Exodus 2:23–25 (ESV)
23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
It may be a crude form of prayer, but it is prayer. The people cried out to God and he answered. This is revealing. We know from our reading in Genesis that God had already set a time to deliver his people; it was already done in the plan of God, but it was still done through prayer. God works through prayer. Period.