As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 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.

‘If you do not pray except when you feel like praying, you will not pray much, nor pray when you most need it.’ C.H. Spurgeon.

As we saw yesterday, in this battle – the only one recorded in Exodus – the victory was dependant upon the uplifted hands of Moses. Although this symbolism is not explained in its context, there is no need to think it means anything different to its usual use elsewhere in the Old Testament. It is the customary gesture of prayer or praise (Neh.8:6; Pss.28:2; 63;4; 134:2; 141:2).

The prayer battle can be exhausting. It can take it out of you. How we thank God for those who ‘hold up our hands’ in prayer – those who willingly offer prayer support. We need each other. We may instinctively feel that Moses and Joshua play the lead roles in this drama, but let’s not forget the ‘support cast’. Aaron and Hur did such an important job. You don’t have to be prominent to be significant. Every member of the church is needed. You may not ‘win the Oscar’, but those who do receive such plaudits know, if they are honest, how much they owe to a whole team. (Think about how long it takes to roll the credits at the end of a film: so many people involved who played a part but who will never be famous. Nevertheless, their names, and their contributions matter).