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 it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. 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 name of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord , the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
-Exodus 17:11-16 NIV
We’re at war!
Not physical war but spiritual war (Ephesians 6:12). We’re fighting with spiritual forces which are against us. The thing is that the enemy knows whose you are and knows that God has placed a big thing inside of you that has the authority to destroy his work. The enemy is afraid of what could happen if you fulfilled your full purpose hence he wages war against us. It’s no coincidence that we feel like we’re in the wilderness and everything in our life is falling apart. The devil is not seeking to destroy us physically but to destroy us spiritually , to deter us from God’s purpose.
Now as we are fighting this war against the evil one, we ought to lift our hands up to God during the war like Moses did. You see, lifting up of hands is not an ordinary act but it is an act of worship.
When we lift our hands in worship, we talking about a way in which we lift God up in worship: in spirit and truth.
Spirit: not our flesh because the flesh is not dependable whereas the Spirit is willing.
Truth: the knowledge of who God is.
I’m talking about the kind of worship that Paul and Silas gave in jail before the chains broke and caused the chains to break. You see, the day we all realize that if we worship God even during on war, He shows Himself as the mighty warrior that He is.
You see the lifting of hands is not only physical but spiritual lifting of hands and that is where prayer comes in. You see when we are on the battlefield, we ought to pray and pray without ceasing.
But what happens when we have no more words to pray? When our “arms” grow weary and tired? Who then holds your hands up?
This is when we need a powerful inner circle of people who are going to lift our hands up just like Aaron and Hur did for Moses. You see, if we could just connect with the right person who are ready to help us in our times of troubles, stand in the gap for us and those who will pray for us.
But what we should never forget is that we have Jesus and the Spirit of God within us which intercedes for us and this is also who will lift us up and motivate us as we fight the good fight.