Are you praying enough?
Exodus 17:9-13 (King James Version)
9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
You may have heard this story before but, I want to use it to illustrate a few different thoughts today.
First thing I want to say is that we are all in a battle. Every day satan is after us. He is the master of deception, and we are not as strong as we'd like to think we are. Every day, every moment, every decision we have the opportunity to do good or bad. That is the responsibility of our free will. At any rate, whether we like it or not, we have a battle to fight. And this battle doesn't stop, ever. It's always going on.
Now that we've established that we will focus on prayer some more...
There are many verses in the bible about prayer. They're not hard to find. But I want to use this story to illustrate the importance of prayer.
We can look at the different roles in this story, and we can see how we might play different parts at different times in our lives. During this battle, sometimes we are the ones out there fighting, and we need people on the side praying for us and supporting us. But sometimes we're not in the battle. Sometimes we're fighting from the sidelines... There are many instances when God can use us in that way. Now I want to take a step back for just a moment and mention that we are not called to sit on the sidelines and pray all the time. We are to witness and be what God wants us to be ALL the time, wherever we are... but, at times, on the side praying is right where we need to be...
Another thing is to see the different roles on the side.
One of the reasons I wanted write on this was because of one individual I know who is quite the prayer warrior. This person gets into some fierce battles and can end up in tears when it is over. To me, this person is more like Moses in this way... In that others need to stand by this person's side and hold their arms up. Sometimes we might be the person who is praying without ceasing and we may need support. Other times we might be the supporters.
One thing we REALLY need to pay attention to is our role in the battle. And besides realizing our part in the battle at different times, we also need to step up to the plate and fulfill our part.
Quite plain and simply... What happened when Moses' hands came down? Israel started losing. How does this apply to us in our everyday battles?
Pray without ceasing. That is all really. Pray without ceasing... for when you aren't in communication with God, you might not do so well in your battles.
So the points of this message are:
1. Pray without ceasing if you want to win your battles
2. Know your place in the battle and step up to the plate
3. Be in constant prayer and give your support to those that are deeply engaged in the battle.
This third point is why I started out writing this, but each part is important.
If you know a prayer warrior or someone that is out there witnessing day after day, give them your support. They need it.
Lord, I just thank you once again for this day. I thank you for all that you've done for us. I pray that you be with everyone in need, whether the needs are emotional or physical.
I ask that you help us each to see our roles in the spiritual battle that is going on all around us. I pray that you guide us and help us to see our place. I pray for wisdom and strength as we face each day head on.
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