In Exodus 17, we read a fascinating story about the power of prayer that still relates to modern-day life. Joshua led Israel in battle in the valley while Moses was stationed at the top of the mountain praying on Joshua’s behalf. God instructed Moses to keep his arms up toward Heaven. Whenever his tired arms drooped, the enemy gained the advantage over Israel. Aaron and Hur propped up Moses’ arms. Eventually, Israel was victorious.

Think of yourself as a Moses, an Aaron, or a Hur. Joshua had to have his own prayer life, but as a general, he was involved directly in the battle. He is like your local pastor. He is directly involved and engaging the enemy on a daily basis. The attacks on him are more severe. It is your duty to support him with prayer.

Did you ever think that intercession on behalf of your pastor was important? It is—and when your prayers for him wane, the enemy may get the advantage. That’s why your support is invaluable. You may not be fighting on the “front lines” so to speak, but prayers keep those who are at the front energized and empowered through the Holy Spirit.

Take time today to hold up your pastor in prayer.

The very breath of prayer sustains the Christian life. — Carl Henry

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder