“Moses’ hands grew weary…and Aaron and Hur held up his hands…so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua mowed down Amalek”
Imagine this scene. The great battle taking place in the plains below. Moses raises his hands in prayer, and all goes well for Israel as long as his hands are raised in supplication to God. But when his arms tire and he puts them down to rest, the battle turns and Amalek advanced. Moses realizes he cannot intercede to God on behalf of Israel by himself. He enlists the help of Aaron and Hur to hold his hands up in prayer. This is the game changer in the battle, when Moses enlists others to assist in interceding for the pressing need.
This passage gives us such a beautiful image of what intercessory prayer might look like. Saint Paul tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), yet, we can grow weary physically, emotionally, spiritually in the midst of praying. When we are tired, who are the Aaron and the Hur in our lives that assist us to keep praying? Surrounding ourselves with good praying people will ensure that when we are faced with a struggle – be it physical, emotional, spiritual, relational – we can call upon the Christian community to pray for us.
May God bless you!