Praying to Win

Lee DeYoung

READ : Exodus 17:8-16

Israel’s victory over the Amalekites was a remarkable team effort. Joshua led the army while Moses stood on a hill and lifted his hands to God in prayer. The Lord’s triumphant plan wisely equips and calls His followers to varied service roles: Joshua fights, Moses prays, and both minister to God’s people.

“As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning” (v. 11). Although the army’s battlefield combat was essential, Moses’ constancy in prayer proved to be the decisive factor.

The same is true in winning the world for Christ. While field workers are required, battalions of prayer warriors are also indispensable. Today we conclude three days of intercession for the Malay world by praying for Indonesia’s Buginese, Banjar, Gorontolo, and Makassarese peoples as well as the neighboring Filippino Muslims.

Some Christian work is now underway among each of these groups, including daily Words of HOPE radio programs in the Buginese and Makassar languages through the Far East Broadcasting Company. More “Joshuas” are certainly needed. But, like Moses, faithful believers must also lift their hands to God in constant prayer. That’s the Lord’s plan for redeeming His people from every tribe and nation.


Heavenly Father, reveal Your Son in powerful ways so that these Malay peoples might worship You in spirit and in truth. Amen.