Winning the Battle
“As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” (Exodus 17:11 NIV)
Moses, now eighty-one years old, shrank from the brunt of the battle. He entrusted the troops to Joshua, here first brought into prominence, whilst he climbed the hill, with the sacred rod in his hand. Thence he surveyed the battle and stretched out his hands in prayer—fought with unseen combatants the livelong day, and won the victory by intercessions, of which those steady arms were the symbol. It is a most beautiful picture. Three old men in prayer! Two staying up the third!
In Rephidim we learn the lesson that prayer will do what else were impossible. In earlier days Moses would never have thought of winning a battle but by fighting. He now learns that he can win it by praying.
-F.B. Meyer (excerpted from the devotional book When You Call upon the Lord)
“I have seen God do more in people’s lives during ten minutes of real prayer than in ten of my sermons.” – Pastor Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
Read Exodus 17:8-16.