Today’s Reading: Exodus 17:8-19:15 (additional reading Psalm 27:7-14 and Proverbs 6:27-35)
Key Verse: “When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” Exodus 17:12
If I were to ask you who do you think the most valuable people in the church, how would you answer? I’m sure we would have a vary of answers. Some would say, the givers. Those who sacrifice and give financially so the work of God continues to go forward. Others would say, the most valuable people in this church are the workers, the teachers and the Children church leaders. But maybe the most valuable people in this church, are those who have covenanted together to pray for their leaders.
In our reading today, we find that Aaron and Hur stood beside Moses and holding up the hands of their leader. As long as they held up his hands God moved and the enemy was defeated. We also have a great opportunity to partner and support our pastors through prayer. In fact, in Acts chapters 1 and 2 we find that 120 people gathered in an upper room to pray for ten days. At the end of those ten days, Peter went out filled with the Holy Spirit, preached for three minutes and 3,000 souls were saved. Today, more often then not, we pray for a few minutes before church and wonder why many times, not even a single soul gets saved.
Charles Finney preached in Rochester, NY during 1830. The results was in one year 1,000 of the 10,000 population of Rochester came to know Christ. Finney’s prayer partner was a man by the name of Abel Clarey. Finney wrote, “Mr Clarey continued as long as I did and did not leave until after I had left. He never appeared in public but gave himself wholly to prayer.”
One day someone came and visited Charles Spurgeon and asked, what is the secret of your great ministry? Spurgeon replied I can show you the secret, meet me at the Tabernacle early on Sunday morning. That Sunday, the visitor met Mr Spurgeon and he took him to a trap door behind the pulpit, as he lifted it, it opened into a room beneath the platform there over 100 people gathered and were praying for their pastor as he would preach that day. He said that is the secret!
Max Lucado has said, “When we work, we work, but when we pray God works.” Our churches would be transformed and we reach their potential if only we would take prayer more seriously and uphold each other and our leaders. Let’s make sure that we don’t forget our pastors, but like Aaron and Hur who stood beside Moses to supports him, let us stand and uphold our pastors in prayer.
- Do you take praying for your leaders seriously?
- What practical steps can you take to help support your pastor?
Father, Thank You for those you put in our life to help lead us and teach us. Help us to support them and to pray for them often. In Jesus’ name, Amen