Click > Below to Play the Audio[sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”http://devotions.lccharities.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-09-30.mp3″]
…on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend. Job 16:21
Exodus 17:10–13 goes: ‘So Joshua fought the Amalekites … and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired … Aaron and Hur held his hands up … So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army.’ It is a story about intercessory prayer. What’s an intercessor? Job said, ‘My intercessor is my friend…on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend’ (Job 16:20-21). So it’s someone who prays to God for other people. Who knows what went on at the top of that hill? Perhaps as Moses prayed God gave the Israelites battle strategies? Perhaps prayer caused confusion and disunity in the Amalekites’ camp? Perhaps the spiritual realms changed through prayer, allowing goodness to overcome evil? Truth is, we don’t know exactly how prayer won out that day. We only know it did.
It is the same for you. God wants you to pray for others because it matters. God wants you to intercede because it will win. God wants you to pick up and put on His mind and perspective. Perhaps that’s why Jesus told us to pray for our enemies. Prayer reveals to us what God believes for them. Prayer matters.
Heavenly Father, help me to pray in and through all things that I will face today – and every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen