“Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”
Exodus 17:10-13 NASB
Walking with the Lord can be difficult in a world where the mere mention of the name Jesus is met with hatred and derision. As sin has leaked into world, it has become increasingly stressful for people who have come to faith and proclaim the name of our Savior to live. Even more so if they seek to share their faith in the face of that adversity.
Fellowship is a necessity.
I know that I cannot stand on my own against the withering attacks of the evil one. He hurls boulders made of flesh and blood at me daily. For the last year God has given me shelter in solitude as I have been saddled with disabling conditions that limit my mobility. I am able to avoid much of the daily struggle of going out into the world.
In my semi-seclusion He has burdened me to pray for my brothers and sisters who still have to go out. Thus the restarting of the Prayer Chair.
I am empowered by the fact that Jesus is lifting us up. He never ceases to intercede on our behalf. I have the blessing of being most like Him when I pray for others.
I lift up the arms of my fellow believers as they go out and do battle. I pray and we have victory. I have many praying for me as well as I face spiritual warfare daily. My mind is a battleground. Past experiences have damaged and marred my emotional and intellectual framework, leaving me open to the potential for many vile thoughts and ideas. Unchecked, thoughts become actions, actions become sins and sins lead to destruction.
I am thankful when those I pray for ask how they can pray for me. When brothers and sisters pray for each other we create a spiritual network of interconnection where we all gain power through Jesus Christ. Together we can withstand the attacks of the evil one.
I am also thankful for the moments when I can be with other believers in physical fellowship at church. As I wrote previously, I love the fact that Sunday’s coming! I look forward to those moments when I get to see the faces of those I love. There is great joy!
In Christ, ultimate victory is assured, guaranteed by the cross. The daily battle is won by fellowship, accountability, and interceding on the behalf of the saints.
Lift up someone’s arms today!