“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend” (Exodus 33:11).
In his book, Partners in Prayer, John Maxwell writes, “With the help of Moses’ brother Aaron and a layman named Hur, Joshua was able to be victorious against the forces that were trying to destroy God’s children. Moses was one of the greatest leaders who ever lived. He spoke to God face-to-face, as a person would speak to a friend (Ex. 33:11). Yet he still could not do it alone. Even he needed assistance and encouragement” (p. 85).
What a majestic picture! Imagine Moses, standing alone on the mountain, interceding for Israel. As he prays with hands lifted up to God, with the rod of God – the symbol of power – in his hands, Israel triumphs. But as this eighty-something-year-old prayer warrior gets tired, his hands drop, and the battle turns against Israel. In today’s culture we might say, “Well, let’s just get a younger, more vigorous leader…one capable of standing in prayer with his hands outstretched for longer periods of time. Maybe it’s time we throw a retirement party for Moses.” Fortunately for Israel, they had no such throwaway mindset.
Instead of discarding their aging leader, they prayed for him. Aaron and Hur came to the top of the mountain and together they held Moses’ arms up until the victory was secured. It is interesting to note that to hold Moses’ arms up, the two men had to also hold their own arms up. A prayer meeting was taking place, as all three held their arms up before the throne of God in prayer.
Holy One of Israel, You desire to have the same kind of relationship with me that You had with Moses and yet, I don’t fully understand the truth of this amazing reality. You sent Jesus to make this friendship possible for everyone who will seek Your face. Help me to be willing to stand on the mountain and fight the battles raging all around me and give me the awareness of the need to lift up the hands of others so that we might join together in prayer. Thank You for reminding me that the prayers of every saint, whether young or old, are heard and answered!
–Adapted from the article Lifting Up Leaders by Dave Butts, author of The Devil Goes to Church: Combating the Everyday Attacks of Satan. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for his patience. Thank the Lord for being patient with you and allowing you to come to repentance in Christ (2 Pet. 3:9). Confess impatience you have felt or expressed toward God or other people. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of patience through the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to fill you with his patience.
Impatience is a hallmark of our me-first society. Pray that the church will have a softening influence, proclaiming and demonstrating a patient “Jesus-first” message. Ask that the church will be patient even in the midst of affliction (Rom. 12:12).