Empowered Devotional Series
Monday December 4, 2023
Scripture: Exodus 17 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.
Meditation: Your battle is every bit as much spiritual as physical, psychological and emotional. In fact, the Bible declares, Eph. 6: 12 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.”
– The Israelites were engaged in a very literal flesh and blood battle against the Amalekites. The descendants of Amalek, the grandson of Esau came to wage war against the descendants of Jacob/Israel. Both Esau and Jacob were sons of Isaac, the son of promise, Abraham’s seed; yet it was Jacob who was chosen by the Lord to inherit the promised blessing, Gen. 12:2-3.
– It was Jacob who wrestled with the angel of the Lord and was given the blessing at Peniel, meaning Face of God. That physical wrestling match, wherein Jacob’s hip was literally wrenched from the socket, resulted in an incredible spiritual blessing from Almighty God for both Jacob and his descendants!
– Those who wrestle in the spirit will overcome in the flesh! While Joshua and his warriors fought with swords, spears and shields, the man of God, the man of faith, ascended the hill to intercede in prayer! Psalm 121 says,I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
– The text specifically tells us, “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” What can we glean from this account? Firstly, the outcome of the physical battle literally hung upon the intercessory prayers of the man of faith! Secondly, Intercessory prayer can go on for a prolonged period of time. Thirdly, Intercessors may require the help of the faith community if they are to prevail in prayer!
– My take away from this text is that the power of intercessory prayer to effect change, deliverance, and victory in this life and on this physical plane cannot be overstated and is most often times underestimated! “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”, James 5: 16. Pray and don’t give up!