During the month of November, I am writing about prayer. Prayer is the most personal way you can talk with the God that created you. You were meant to pray. You were meant to talk with God. Today I discuss why you need friends to pray for you and why you need to be a praying friend.
Exodus 17: 8-13 says,
“The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’
So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, 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, 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. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”
This story is basically one friend praying for a friend who has other friends who will help him to pray. That is the long and short of it. Joshua who is called to go to battle has a leader (Moses, who is his friend) that offers to pray for him by raising the staff of God to the heavens. It was basically Moses’ way of asking God for His favor and pointing out that this battle belonged to the LORD. Moses knew that Joshua would need God’s favor to get through this battle.
What friend do you have that needs your prayers to get through her battle?
What happens next? Moses gets tired. Have you ever felt tired? Have you ever had to fight a battle by yourself? Have you ever prayed and prayed and nothing seems to be happening? Have you ever had to be a friend, daughter, wife, mom, daughter-in-law, employee in a hard situation? Of course, you have. You consistently go to the LORD for prayer, but you are beginning to tire and wear out.
You need two friends to hold you up. You are not meant to do this battle alone.
Who can you ask?
We, who love the LORD, and seek Him out daily need the steadfastness that Moses had on the day of Joshua’s battle. We need to pray with the humble heart of Moses, who gave all glory to God- AND- we need friends who stand by us and build us up.
At the end of that story in Exodus 17 verse 15, Moses builds an altar and calls it Jehovah-Nissi. This means “The LORD is my Banner” or “The LORD is my Refuge.” This is the only time we see this name of God in the Bible. Think of it as we are covered under this big banner as we march through life facing battles. God is hovering over us, almost as if to say,
“This little one here, this woman, is mine. She will win this battle. I am on her side.”
Comforting, huh? There are days, though, that we do not feel this way. There are days we forget we are a child of God. This is why we need friends to pray for us. This is why our friends need us to pray.
If you do not have a friend to pray for you, perhaps you can start by becoming the praying friend for someone else. Begin to ask God to bring praying friends into your life. Reach out to your church. Mostly, remember that God is your Banner. This battle has been won. You are not alone.
Who can you pray for? How can you let her know you are praying for her this week?