KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 17:11 ” And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.”
When the people of Israel were resting at Rephidim the Amalekites came and fought them.
In this encounter Moses asked Joshua to gather men and fight the Amalekites. He decided to go up the mountain and lift up the rod of the Lord before Him. Moses demonstrated that, there are two sides to every life encounter. There is a physical side and there is the spiritual side. Each aspect must be approached with all seriousness.
Joshua fought the Amalekites physically, but Moses was waging a spiritual warfare. He lifted up the rod of God before Him. When His hands remained up Israel was winning, when his hands got tired and weak, so it dropped, Israel started losing. This meant the spiritual holds sway over the natural. When his hands got tired Aaron and Hur supported him by holding Moses hands. This event teaches us that leaders are not Supermen; they need some support to sustain the victory and success of the whole body and organization. There are various helps that could be given to leaders to keep the body functioning well. They need the prayer support of the members 1st Timothy 2:1-2. They need the financial support as well Galatians 6:7, and many other ways of holding their hands up.
Joshua and his men did their best to fight the Amalekites yet their victory depended on whether Moses’ hands were up or not. Every spiritual leader is an automatic intercessor. A pastor who does not spend enough time to pray for his congregation would be calling for lots and lots of trouble. Your intercession should not be a thirty-minute prayer time. You must prevail in your prayers. There are all forms of demonic activities that Satan projects over the life of the congregation. There are a lot more people who must be won unto the fellowship of the saints. Your intercessions would do a lot, yet, let us understand that Aaron and Hur were also supporting Moses in his intercessory business.
Don’t leave the task of intercession to the pastor alone. Other members, leaders and even the congregation must be involved in interceding for the advancement of the gospel in their midst.
Oh God raise men and women who will be great intercessors.
Isaiah 66:8 “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”
Isaiah 53:11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities”.