“Joshua did what Moses ordered in order to fight Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses’ hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun went down. Joshua defeated Amalek and its army in battle.” Exodus 17:10-13
Let’s face it. We (especially Americans) tend to be independent folks. We can do it on our own, pull ourselves by our bootstraps, get it done, etc.
But even mighty men and women of God need support sometimes.
Moses certainly did. Without the support – literally – of Aaron and Hur, the Israelites would have been defeated by Amalek. Their story would have had a very different outcome.
We may not have friends who are praying over literal warfare, but we probably have plenty who are going through spiritual, emotional, physical, or other types of battles. And we can throw platitudes at them, and tell them to pray and praise their way through it.
But sometimes, they can’t. They just can’t.
Sometimes, they are weary from this battle and from bearing burdens we may know nothing about. That’s where good, Godly friends step in. We have to stand in the gap and pray when they are too tired to carry on. We have to praise God for their solution when they no longer can. We have to be the encourager, the prayer warrior, the praise leader they need to make it through.
Maybe you know a Moses. Maybe you are Moses at this moment. Don’t be afraid to help hold up someone’s hands, or to let someone hold up yours. We can’t do life on our own, and sometimes we need a rock to sit on and a couple of guys on either side to see us through till the victory comes.