Power of Praying Friends

Raise your hands above your head and hold them there for 5 minutes. Now try 15. Difficult, isn’t it? Such is the predicament Moses found himself. In Exodus 17, the Israelites are in battle with the Amalekites. Moses ascends a mountain and when his hands raise the Staff, the Israelites win the battle, but when he lowers his Staff, they begin to lose. Luckily, Moses took Aaron and Hur with him. They provided him a rock to sit on and held the staff for him so his hands could merely hang, lessening the burden. In another time, Job’s friends offend God so much that God wouldn’t her their prayers, but God WOULD hear Job intercede for them and forgive them. Yet another time, we see King David’s servant refer to Bathsheba as “Uriah’s wife” (a term never used for women in ancient times). In each case we see the value of godly friends. Sometimes, our burden needs lightening. Other times, we need intercession. And every so often, we need a close comrade to remind us what is what! I can tell you from personal experience, it is sometimes the darkest times in our lives when we don’t have the strength to pray for ourselves. It is at these times we would do well to have Christian friends interceding for us, lightening our load before the Father. If you do not have close, godly friends ask the Lord to bring them to you. We all need accountability, intercession and help!

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