Friday, February 27, 2015

Lifting Holy Hands

Scripture Texts: Exodus 17:8-15; Deuteronomy 25:17-19; 1 Timothy 2:8

Amalek saw an opportunity to defeat the people of Israel. They were tired, some were still making their way to the rest of the community, and Amalek took his army and attacked the people. In response Moses sent Joshua into to battle with a quickly gathered army. For his part Moses went up on the hillside and raised his hands over the battle. As long as the hands of Moses were lifted over the people, Israel had the upper hand.

It seems like that is how it happens all too often. When we are tired. When we are not quite at our intended destination. When we are still recovering from the last challenge. That is when yet another battle shows up. It seems the situations and people that would attack us are opportunistic and wait until we are in a weakened state.

At that point it might seem easier to give up than to fight back. Maybe it is because we often try to win the fight using force and physical strength rather than the most powerful tool we have. It is easy to underestimate the power of lifting our hands to God in prayer. This can be a physical lifting like with Moses, or it can simply be lifting our heart before God in prayer. The best way to address the challenges we face is with prayer, before the challenge, during the challenge and after the challenge.

For years we have struggled to keep regular prayer time in the life of our marriage. One of the many benefits we have enjoyed in sharing the journey of reading and blogging is that we are praying together like only a few times in our marriage. Each night after we read and write we spend time reviewing the day, identifying the prayer concerns we have and then we pray together.

This time of prayer has been a great way to lift our hands before God together. It is preparing us for whatever the road brings. We are finding that marriage with regular prayer together is far better than a marriage that only has prayer together once in a while. As long as we are lifting our hands to God, we will have the advantage in the battles before us.

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