“So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning” ( Exodus 17:10).
The story of our leading verse is about a time when Moses leading a restless army of Israelites came up an enemy. In life, on occasion, we come up enememies. These could be in form of financial, health or relationship challenges.
So, as was his custom Moses turned to God. The command he received was a curious one. Moses was asked to hold up his hands in prayer while his General Joshua led the attack. Of course we all know you can only hold up your hands without feeling strained for so long. This is where Aaron and Hur came in to give him back up support.
From this episode there are two simple lessons for us. First alone, we may not demolish off the enemy. Back up support in way of prayer warriors is definitely a key to our victory.
Secondly, we might be curious why it is written, “as long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning and as long as he lowered his hands the Amelekites were winning”! What we often miss sight off is that while we have physical battles here on earth, there are also spiritual battles going on. As believers in Christ, we have certain power to tilt victory of any battles in our favor through prayer which penetrates the spiritual realm. This is why it was important for Moses’s hands to be held up in prayer to fuel his spiritual army to victory.
In conclusion none of us should ignore the importance of recruiting back up support of prayer warriors as we encounter various enemies. Nor should we slacken in prayer. When we pray we fuel support to our spiritual warriors to lead us to victory.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through the power of prayer you lead us to victory because prayer empowers our spiritual army to overcome the physical, and so may we never neglect or tire of praying and asking believers to pray for us, all this we pray in Jesus’s name!