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 . . . so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
. . . Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the LORD, the LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.” Exodus 17:8-16.
Inheriting the Promised Land involved fighting many battles. The battle with the Amalekites was memorable because they attacked the Israelites without provocation and as a result, God decided to wage a ceaseless war against them. The battle was more supernatural than natural. Every time the hands of Moses were lifted up in prayer, the Israelites were winning. Whenever the hands of Moses grew tired and were dropped, the Amalekites were winning. The hands of Moses were held up to the throne of God by Aaron and Hur from morning till evening until Joshua and the army defeated the Amalekites. Effective prayer is hard and tiring work.
The source of the victory was clear. The LORD fought for Israel. So Moses built an altar of worship and called it, “The LORD is my banner because hands were lifted up against the throne of the LORD.” When the supernatural is attended to, the natural falls in place. Prayer is one supernatural thing that affects every natural thing on earth, including wars.
Fulfilling your destiny by reaching your Promised Land is not without battles. Until you leave this earth, you will be battling continually toward your destiny. There are many times when the enemy, in the form of Amalekites, will come attacking. Do whatever you can to keep your hands up through petitions to God. Sometimes you might need others to encourage and hold you up as you seek the LORD. Your first line of defense should be the supernatural power of prayer.
As you seek the LORD and keep fighting on, the victory will be released and you will build your altar of worship to God. May God bring you Aarons and Hurs to uphold your hands in times of battle. Keep praying and keep fighting. God has His Banner over you!
Prayer: Lord, I thank you that your Victory Banner is unfurled over me as I pray and fight on.