Prevailing prayer is a profound concept that goes beyond the superficial utterances we sometimes associate with prayer. It's not about the routine grace before meals or the cries for help when we're distressed. Prevailing prayer is authentic, heartfelt communication with our Heavenly Father, marked by persistence and consistency. It's the kind of prayer that recognizes our dependence on God and seeks His intervention in our battles.
THE DESPERATE BATTLE
In Exodus 17, we encounter a dire situation where the Israelites face the ruthless Amalekites in battle. The Amalekites were formidable adversaries, and the Israelites, freshly liberated from centuries of Egyptian slavery, were far from being seasoned warriors. They found themselves in a battle they couldn't win on their own. Just as Moses raised his hands in surrender on the hill, recognizing their need for divine intervention, so too do we find the importance of acknowledging our dependence on God. This act of sacrifice aligns with Jesus' teaching emphasizing the significance of unified prayer when facing life's most formidable battles.
This story is set apart because Moses didn't stand alone on that hill. He had Aaron and Hur as his praying partners as we see in Exodus 17:12. These faithful companions played a crucial role in the outcome of the battle. Together, they held up Moses's hands in prayer, and this collective effort led to a remarkable shift in the tide of the battle. This narrative underscores the vital role of unity in prevailing prayer, demonstrating that we are not meant to face our battles in isolation. Just as Jesus emphasized the power of agreement in prayer in Matthew 18:19-20, this story highlights the multiplied impact of prayer when it is done together with fellow believers.
PREVAILING THROUGH SURRENDER: WHO’S YOUR PARTNER?
Prevailing prayer is a powerful acknowledgment of our dependence on God. As Moses raised his hands toward Heaven in surrender, we, too, should recognize that specific battles in life are beyond our abilities. What we’re praying for in this physical world is also being fought in the spiritual realm. In other words, there is a spiritual reality to every battle that you fight here on Earth! These are the moments when collective prayer, supported by fellow believers, becomes crucial. This unity in prayer enables us to tap into the incredible power of prevailing prayer, experiencing God's blessings and breakthroughs in our lives. In these stories, we find a resounding call to gather in prayer when facing life's most daunting challenges, understanding that prevailing prayer is most potent when done in unity.
Praying partners are essential in our journey of prevailing prayer. Just as Moses had Aaron and Hur to support him, we need people who will pray with us, especially when we grow weary. It's a powerful reminder that we are not meant to carry our burdens alone. There is strength in numbers, as emphasized by Jesus in Matthew 18:20, ”For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Who are your prayer partners? Who’s believing God with and for you when you pray? When we band together to pray, we become a force to be reckoned with!
In unity, we find strength; in surrender, we find victory. Remember, whatever you are praying for, you’re not alone in this fight!
For more encouragement, support, and tools to equip you, we encourage you to check out these additional resources:
- MESSAGE: To watch the complete message from Liquid Church's Moving Mountain Series - Week Six, "Prevailing Prayer," Click here.
- ARTICLE: Have you ever felt lost or uncertain when praying? If so, you're not alone. We all have moments when we struggle to find the right words or approach God with confidence. However, Jesus offers a simple yet transformative principle that can revolutionize our prayer life: KEEP PRAYING. Click here.
- MESSAGE: Have you ever thought about how the prayers you pray today will impact generations of your family to come? What will be the legacy you leave your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and future generations? To watch, “How To Pray For The Next Generation,” Click here.