Daily Light 11-13-19

The Power of Prayer 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. Exodus 17:11

Israel had crossed the Red Sea and had become a free people. Immediately, they ran into challenges—lack of food and water, and an enemy to fight—Amalek. But, interestingly, these challenges led to the discovery of the grace and power of God. They revealed that God truly cared for them.  

Moses asked Joshua to lead in the fight against the enemy because he would be on the top of the hill with the rod of God.  Moses’ activity on the hill was crucial for the outcome of the battle. So long as Moses’ hand was raised up, the Israelite had the upper hand, but when he brought his hands down, the enemy gained control.

The outcome of the battle in the valley was determined by the action of Moses on top of the hill.  

This is a metaphor of how powerful and influential our prayers can be. Raising of hands to God or towards heaven has been part of worship. We see lots of this gesture in worship throughout the Bible: Psalms 28:1, 99:9,119:48,134:2,141:1-2; 1 Tim. 2:8.  In most of these cases, hands were raised in the context of prayer. 

Just as Moses’ action determined the outcome of the battle, so will our prayers have so much influence and determining power if we would pray and pray right.  The most powerful people are not those in government who draw up policies, but those who pray.  When Christians pray, the power of God is unleashed in a supernatural way to affect situations.  This is so true that James 5:16 said, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

You may not consider yourself a prayer giant, but your little heartfelt prayer can have influence if you can attach faith to your prayers.  By your prayers, you can influence situations in your family, workplace, church, nation, etc.  John Wesley once said, “God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.”

Your words may be few in prayer, say them anyway
Your faith may not be as strong, express it anyway
You only need a little of it anyway
Your voice may not be powerful, whisper your prayer anyway
For it takes a praying heart and prayer-answering God to change a situation anyway

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, grant me the grace to pray when I don’t feel it the most.