Exodus 17:8-14 (NIV)
8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.
9 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.”
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.
11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
12 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.
13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
14 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.”
1 Samuel 12:23 (NIV)
23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.
Current research indicates that most in the church live prayerless lives. If prayer is performed at all, it is a tool to accumulate more stuff. “God we need this, or we need that.”
Seldom are the prayers heard in the halls of heaven for those who are lost without Christ. Seldom are the prayers heard in the halls of heaven for those who have wandered from the faith.
How much time have you spent this past week crying out to God for the lives of those who have yet to trust Christ? When is the last time you have spent your energy in interceding for the prodigals among us?
Our Exodus text shows us just how difficult this work of intercession is. Moses, the mighty man of God could not prevail in prayer unless he had help. Joshua did not win the battle because of his great military prowess but because he had an intercessor who stood in the gap for him while the battle raged.
Are you finding your prayer life weak or even nonexistent? Ask God for a few others who will stand with you in prayer so the battle waged against those you know without Christ can be won.
Let us take up the mantle of Samuel and cry out “Far be it from me that I should sin by failing to pray for you.”
Standing in the Gap with a faithful few intercessors,