Intecessory prayer

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.
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


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 .