Today’s Scripture: And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Exodus 17:11-13

In Exodus 17, we read a fascinating story about the power of prayer that still relates to modern-day life. Joshua led Israel in battle in the valley while Moses was stationed at the top of the mountain praying on Joshua’s behalf. God instructed Moses to keep his arms up toward Heaven. Whenever his tired arms drooped, the enemy gained the advantage over Israel. Aaron and Hur propped up Moses’ arms. Eventually, Israel was victorious.

Think of yourself as a Moses or an Aaron or a Hur, a supporter of other believers. Joshua had to have his own prayer life, but as a general, he was involved directly in the battle. He is like your local pastor. He is directly involved and engaging the enemy on a daily basis. The attacks on him are more severe. It is your duty to support him with prayer.

Did you ever think that intercession on behalf of your pastor was important? It is, and when your prayers for him wane, the enemy may get the advantage. That’s why your support is invaluable. You may not be fighting on the “front lines” so to speak, but prayers keep those who are at the front energized and empowered through the Holy Spirit.

Take time today to hold your pastor up in prayer.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder