Exodus 17:10 “So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.”

Exodus 17:11 “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed”

In the Jewish culture, raising up of hand represents two things; prayer and praise. In order words, Moses went up to the mountain not to go and play or run away from battle. He climbed up to stand in the gap and to praise or worship God.

Note that he didn’t just go there to pray, he was worshiping God as well. Prayer and praise always go hand in hand. You should not do one without the other.

It is interesting to note that these actions of Moses had a serious impact on the outcome of the battle going on below. Our focal scripture says, “…when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed”

This teaches us a great lesson about our Christian journey. This is a fundamental truth we must all master. It simply means when we raise our hand in prayer and praise, we conquer and move ahead in life. When we relent in the place of prayer or keep our hands down, we become victims of the enemy.

A praying and praising believer is the one on top. The moment we keep our hands down by toning down our prayers and praise we give the enemy a legal ground to attack.

We must realize that we are constantly under attacks of the enemy and our defence mechanism is our secret place. Praying to and praising God is not what we do occasionally, it is a daily routine. We must never joke with these spiritual activities, they are the backbone of our walk with God.

A pilot that loses contact with the control tower is a disaster waiting to happen. Don’t let your prayer altar become cold, never lose communication with Home!

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