“Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so 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 the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”
Exodus 17:8-13 NKJV
Each morning I awaken to the urgency to be about prayer. Each morning I sense the looming darkness, waiting on the horizon, that will envelope our nation and world.
I sense that the previous year was just a foreshadowing of some of the things that God has planned, as He prepares the world for the second coming of Jesus.
I take the act of intercession seriously, as the Lord has commissioned me to pray, as He has taken every distraction from my life, that I may focus.
This morning, I continued my journey through the Book of Exodus, and happened on a passage of such richness and spiritual application, with so many types and shadows for the life of believers.
I thought of Aaron and Hur holding up the arms of Moses as he held aloft the rod of God. I thought of the victory Joshua had over the Amalekites.
When I considered the text, I could not help but think of prayer. As I go to the Prayer Chair five mornings per week, I know that I am upheld by many. I can tell you that I endure much spiritual warfare. I am able to go and I lift up my arms in prayer and praise, only because others lift me, and support me.
Intercession is essential to the spiritual life of the believer. We are the main targets of the evil one, who would like nothing more than to see those who call upon the name of Jesus defeated, and rendered ineffective. He battles us day in and day out, seeking to make lifted arms heavy through oppression and sin, unable to praise the God of Glory.
Brothers and sisters, let us be steadfast in praying for each other. When we scroll through facebook, lets pause on the names of people and pray for them. I find that Messenger is an abundant blessing for me, as I am able to have a structure that allows me to remember to pray.
I don’t know what is to come in the year 2021, but I know my God knows. I do know that things are going to wax worse and worse, regardless of how positive a spin one might want to put on all to come. Do not fear.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.””
Joshua 1:9 NKJV
God is with us.
In these dark times, it is best to seek the Lord with regularity. There are moments in my day when I have no petition to bring, I simply desire to praise Him. I have found that His blessings are constant and overflowing, especiallly in time of trial.
Let us be like Aaron and Hur, and lift up the arms of those amongst us, to support them in their lives. Let us be like Moses as we hold our own spiritual staffs of intercession and pray for each other. In the uplifting of each other, we have victory over the enemy.
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
James 5:16 NKJV
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