This battle with the Amalekites that we’ve just read about is a life-defining moment in Moses’ life. He’s early into his call to lead the people of God into the promise land. He had seen the miracle God did when Pharoah changed his mind and decided he was more fond of the Israelite’s free labour than he was fearful of the plagues. But God stepped in and made a way. Bitter water became refreshing at Mara as God graciously again intervened on behalf of his children. Manna and quail were abundantly provided, yet still Moses needed to learn things about God.
The battle with the Amalekites provided a fantastic classroom. God led Moses to choose some of his best warriors for battle, and he took his place high on a hill above the battlefield. Whenever Moses interceded for Israel, he could see his guys gaining ground. But when he got tired of raising his hands in prayer, he noticed the Amalekites seemed to be advancing. Aaron and Hur were with him and noticed the same phenomenon, so they started to hold up Moses arms in prayer when they became tired. Through this intercessory prayer, Joshua, the battle commander, and his men overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
It’s a great story and a great reminder of the power of prayer, but I love v14: “The Lord said to Moses, ‘write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hearts it.’” Perhaps God realized it would be possible for Joshua to think it was because of his brilliant leadership and military skill that he defeated the enemy. He wanted him to be sure the true secret to victory in life comes in the place of prayer – it is where the battles of life are best fought.
Who are you praying for? Who is praying for you? Even Jesus choose to surround himself with disciples who could share the ministry with him in Mark 1. We are always better together, and perhaps for no other reason that we can then pray for each other. Psalm 22 begins with words Jesus borrowed when he found himself on the cross. We are all in great trouble when there is no one to help (Ps. 22:11). Let’s be sure to raise arms of prayer for each other that we might all find the wondrous victory of God in our lives.
Lead Pastor and grateful intercessor for his three kids: Kyle, Zakk and Emily.