Everybody put Your Hands Up!

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Uncategorized
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There is an interesting story in the book of Exodus. A people grou called the Amalekites, some really nasty folks, had come to fight the Israelites in the valley at Rephidim. Moses tells Joshua to lead some men into battle against them. Meanwhile, Moses goes up on the side of a big hill with Aaron and Hur where they can see the battle and where Moses can pray to God.

In Exodus 17:13 the scripture says, “And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.”
And my first reaction is a question: Really? Was it the fighting on the plains by Joshua and his men, or was it the prayers of Moses on the hill?

The scripture tells us that Moses lifted up his hands, and prayed. And when his hands were lifted up, Joshua was winning. But he grew tired and dropped his hands, and the story says that Amalek began to win. So Aaron and Hur then held his hands back up in prayer, and Joshua won.

I would suggest that it was the prayer and the fighting. You see, there are some things we absolutely cannot do. If God doesn’t do them, they just don’t happen. THe Israelites were outmanned and ill equipped. This is a band of slaves fleeing from Egypt. But God promised them victory. God fought in their behalf.
But, God gave them instructions to follow, and while there are things we cannot do, I believe that God will not do what He has told us to do.

We can pray all night for God to bring the people in our neighborhood to church. But the truth is, He told us to go and tell them the Good News. He made us responsible to go and invite them. He isn’t going to undo our failure to do, so to speak. So, when we neglect prayer, when we fail to lift our hands in prayer, we have no chance of success. But when we pray, we must also obey. Today, everybody put your hands up in prayer to God.


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