I will be honest here; I am not a “raise my hands” person in church. I clap, and I sing my heart out, but I have rarely raised my hands. Let me say…it is encouraging to me and a witness to me when I see people in complete worship to their Savior with “raised hands.” So, there is nothing wrong with this at all! Hey, if you want to dance, that is fine with me. David danced when he worshiped, so can you.
Hands Raised in Prayer
Moses was getting very old, and he was in the process of mentoring Joshua for taking charge of the Israelites. The Amalekites attacked, and read what happened….
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’ ~Exodus 17:8-9
First, Moses chose Joshua to be the leader of a group of men. He entrusted him with the lives of others. Then, Moses made him aware that he was going to be on a hill in plain view. While Joshua was fighting, he would be able to see Moses with the staff of God.
So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on one side, one on the other – so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. ~Exodus 17:10-13
What an amazing sight for Joshua to see! This only solidified Joshua’s faith in God. He knew that he may have beaten the Amalekites with the sword, but it was only because of the intercessory prayer by Moses which called on the POWER of God to beat the Amalekites. If it wasn’t for God, the Amalekites would have won.
Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. ~Exodus 17:14
Every day we face “Amalekites” of our own. The question is, are you trying to fight the adversities that Satan throws at you by yourself, or are you relying on God?
Battle for Marriages by Prayer
This weekend, Bethany and I are serving at the Weekend to Remember marriage conference. Marriages in America are under attack every day, and more and more Christian marriages are failing. One of the best parts of this weekend is volunteering time in the Intercessory Prayer room. If you have never volunteered to “battle” in the name of Jesus by prayer, I encourage you to do so. It will change the way you pray and will only build your faith in God.
We will come together this weekend with raised hands, not fighting with a sword, and not fighting with our fist, but God will win this fight.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~Ephesians 6:12
For those that are struggling in their marriage, or personally, know today that your enemy is not your wife; your enemy is not your husband. Your enemy is Satan and sin!! If you have a specific prayer request, send it to Intentionally Yours in a private message or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It will stay confidential, and we will “raise hands” for you!
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