First Reading:  Exodus 17:8-13


Moses' Persistent Prayer


8 Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us, and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with God’s rod in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses had told him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 It happened, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side. His hands were steady until sunset. 13 Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.


World English Bible


Almost in passing, Israel's victory over the Amelek was recorded in Exodus. The battle with these bandits was not the focus of interest. Moses' prayer stance was of interest. According to the narrative, as long as Moses held his arms out in prayer, the forces of Israel had the upper hand. But when he lowered his arms in weariness, the Amelek had the advantage. In the end, Israel won because Aaron and Hur held the arms of Moses up in prayer.


The narrative has two morals. Continue to pray, even when weariness and boredom set in. And rely on others to help you pray when you are tempted to quit.


How is prayer a responsibility? When has prayer become a burden for you? How do others rely on your for prayer?