Praying for Others

Myrna Folkert

Read: Exodus 17:8-16

Moses built an altar . . . “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord.” (vv. 15-16 NIV)

Have you ever felt weary while praying for someone? During the battle with the Amalekites, Moses was called to pray for the Israelites. When his staff was raised, the Israelite army with Joshua in command was winning. As Moses’ arms tired he lowered them and the enemy gained ground. First he had Aaron and Hur place a stone so he could sit down, then later they held up his hands while he prayed. The three men worked towards the goal, calling on God to help Joshua’s army win the battle. The Israelites eventually overcame the Amalekites.

As with Moses, so today God calls his people to pray for others. When we pray for someone, we too may become exhausted. We can endure battles in our lives, when we lift our hands to the throne of God in prayer, struggling to submit to his timing and purposes. Our prayers are not always answered when and how we wish, but he helps us to trust him with outcomes. I prayed for a friend for years to be healed of cancer, sometimes to the point of weariness. She wasn’t healed on this earth, but I know she is healed in heaven.

Moses set a good example to us, by allowing friends to uphold him. It is wise to pray with other Christians and ask them to stand in agreement with you because “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV).

—Myrna Folkert

Prayer: Lord, please help me to stand firm interceding for others.