Holding Up Hands to God

1/27/2005 6:34 AM

S: “And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and
when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.” Exodus 17:11

O: This is a classic story about that I have heard a hundred times about a
leader who is being supported by his people. I’ve heard about ministers who
use this to gather around them a support team, and who gather around them a
group of people who are their prayer partners – holding up their hands to
God in prayer.

But this morning, I see something different here. What I see is, yes, Aaron
and Hur were holding up Moses’ hands, but more than that, Moses was holding
up HIS hands for his people. And notice what happens when he does that –
they win.

Moses probably wasn’t praying for specific people all the time, but as he
saw the battle progress, his prayers would shift one direction or another.
And then he would shift to another. He probably prayed for specific people
at times, and in general at times. But he watched the battle and lifted up
his hands to God.

A: The question then comes to me today, am I holding up my people in prayer?
Could it be that if I were praying more for my people that they would win
more battles? Could it be that one of the reasons my church is not winning
as much as it is is because I am not praying for them individually on a
regular basis, holding them up to God in prayer, praying for their success,
asking God, pleading God, begging God for their spiritual walks in life.

P: Lord, I know you are leading me right now. I know that you want to turn
me into a man of prayer. I ask you to come, Lord, and use this story to
ignite a passion in me, not just for prayer, because I am passionate about
that, but also for prayer for my church and the people there.

I pray now, Lord, for their success. I pray you will turn us into a people
of prayer. I know that Leo’s meetings could be a source of contention for
some who won’t want to support or who won’t want to take part or who are
looking for path to complain about. But I know that you are in charge. I
know that you are watching out for us. Lord, I pray you will use these Leo
meetings to ignite a passion for winning lost people. I pray you will use
these meetings to attach the enemies kingdom with force. I pray you will
use this to ignite a fire in our hearts and ignite a passion in our
day-to-day lives. I pray, Lord, for the Holy Spirit to come to my church
and fill us with your presence. Please continue to lead us. Please
continue to guide us. Please make us into your people.

Thank you, Lord. I love you.