Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3
Moses was one of the greatest intercessors of his time. In Exodus 17 we see Moses interceding for Israel in the battle of Rephidim, but even the greatest of intercessors get tired and weary. Whenever Moses’ arms were held up in prayer the battle was successful. Whenever they fell, they began to lose. Aaron and Hur came alongside Moses and held him up. Here we see a true depiction of how God intended his church to behave in battle. We are all called to prayer, but we are not called to battle alone. A house divided cannot stand (Mk. 3:25). God gave Israel specific orders for the week, but the sabbath was to be kept as a day of rest (Ex. 6:26). There is a time to gather stones and a time to cast away stones (Eccl. 3:5). Some went against God’s orders and trusted in their own abilities which always fell short. When we lift our hands in worship, we are lifting the name of Jesus as our banner and claiming victory because of what He did, not of ourselves (Zech. 4:6, Ex. 17:15). The United States put “In God We Trust” on their money. It is ironic because most people trust money and self-effort over God (Matt.6:24). We must not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25). When we come together in His name, He is with us, and a triple braided cord cannot be easily broken (Matt. 18:20, Eccl. 4:12). Moses could not do it all on His own, so his Father in law gave him advice to recruit others into positions of leadership to help (Ex. 18). We need to pray for our leaders and hold one another up in prayer also. There are intercessors in the church that need to arise for such a time as this.
Some ask: why pray if God already has a plan? I heard the perfect response to this question once, and it went like this: Imagine a Father with a newborn baby. He makes plans and dreams for this baby’s future, like buying him/her a car. He would wait until the day they turned sixteen and were ready for it. He also hopes the day will come that they will ask for a car; knowing the value of it. At the age of 11 the child starts begging and pleading for a car, with no answer. At the age of 16 they properly ask for the car. They explain the need; and their plan to maintain it, with faith that their Father will come through. He then joyfully gives them a car. God had a plan from the beginning, but prayer moves the hand of God (Heb. 11:6). He wants us to call on him and realize our dependence on Him as a loving Father (Psa. 50:15) Then we will give God the glory! Love is the greatest form of spiritual warfare (1 Cor. 13:8). We need to repent of our ways, call on God, love one another, and put our trust back where it belongs!