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Intecessory prayer

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by woundedsoldierofCHRIST, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Intecessory prayer

    Verse 11. When Moses held up his hand— We cannot understand this
    transaction in any literal way; for the lifting up or letting down the hands
    of Moses could not, humanly speaking, influence the battle. It is likely
    that he held up the rod of God in his hand, Exodus 17:9, as an ensign to the
    people. We have already seen that in prayer the hands were generally lifted
    up and spread out, (See Clarke’s note on "Exodus 9:29",) and therefore it
    is likely that by this act prayer and supplication are intended. The
    Jerusalem Targum says, "When Moses held up his hands in prayer, the
    house of Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hands from prayer, the
    house of Amalek prevailed." We may therefore conclude, that by holding
    up the hands in this case these two things were intended: 1. That hereby a
    reference was made to God, as the source whence all help and protection
    must come, and that on him alone they must depend. 2. That prayer and
    supplication to God are essentially necessary to their prevalence over all
    their enemies. It is indisputably true that, while the hands are stretched
    out, that is, while the soul exerts itself in prayer and supplication to God,
    we are sure to conquer our spiritual adversaries; but if our hands become
    heavy-if we restrain prayer before God, Amalek will prevail-every
    spiritual foe, every internal corruption, will gain ground. Several of the
    fathers consider Moses, with his stretched-out hands, as a figure of Christ
    on the cross, suffering for mankind, and getting a complete victory over sin
    and Satan.
    Verse 13. Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people— Amalek might
    have been the name of the ruler of this people continued down from their
    ancestor, (see Clarke on "Exodus 17:8",) as Pharaoh was the name of all
    succeeding kings in Egypt. If this were the case, then Amalek and his
    people mean the prince and the army that fought under him. But if Amalek
    stand here for the Amalekites, then his people must mean the confederates
    he had employed on this occasion.
  2. In addition to this as a witness to the power of prayer, it also depicts the power of corporate prayer and praying without ceasing.

    Exodus 17:12

    But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

    Peace, J/L
  3. God wants all His people to lift holy hands wiothout wrath or doubting
  4. I think when we lift our holy hands in praise to our Saviour ... He is pleased cause He covets the praises of His people.

    When we praise and honour Him sometimes even when we don't " feel " like it that act of lifting our hands towards heaven and worshipping Him also lifts your spirits cause we are touching the heart of God .
  5. Amen sister God inhabits the praises of His people Glory be to His Holy Name Lord i want to be Hhioly for You commanded it i say yes to Your will.

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