PrayerConnect for February 23, 2016


“Hands Up” is not a sign of surrender for us when in the midst of the battle against the enemy. But on the other hand, it is quite the contrary. In this case, it is a symbol of prayer and support (I Kings 8:54, Psalm 144:2). When Moses lowered his hands in the battle due to fatigue, Aaron and Hur interceded by holding up his hands, and the enemy was defeated (Exodus 17:8-13). Truly, Moses was in good hands! This biblical account is a powerful allegory of the role that intercessors play in the success of a ministry. Likewise, intercessors can stand in the gap and help carry the burdens by holding up the hands of our ministers and those who lead the fight in the spiritual battles of the Church, so that the victory may be wrought!

The Apostle Paul stated, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith” (II Thessalonians 3:1-2). Even earlier, Paul had expressed “Brethren, pray for us” in I Thessalonians 5:25. It is evident that one of a minister’s primary responsibilities is to deliver the messages that God has given. And prayer provides a covering from the attack of the enemy and other hindrances that would attempt to prohibit the Word from coming forth.<

The Apostle Paul needed a helping hand and requested prayer so that the message he was carrying would have free course (go forth unhindered) in God’s full power and anointing. Paul also recognized that the enemy would try to impede progress directly through the work of wickedness and evil men, as he often faced opposition. Likewise, it is so for all ministers who have a message(s) that God has given to relay.

Do not allow the adversary or the flesh to hinder you from prayer to pray for the ministry. When either attempt to do so, say “talk to the hand” and shun any opposition, and then get that hand up in the air with the other one, in prayer and support. If the apostle Paul needed prayer, then surely all ministers today need it too! Let’s put our hands up in prayer and pray for the ministry greater than we have ever prayed before! Surely, “the Hand of God” will work on behalf of the ministry…and because we put our “hands up,” we will win, “hands down!”

Flo Shaw
International Coordinator
World Network of Prayer