The Warrior on the Hill

When Amalek came to fight against Israel in the wilderness, Exodus 17:9 says that Moses told Joshua, “Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” It is instructive to us that Moses did not see it as “cowardly” for him to stay out of the physical battle, and to station himself on the hill with the staff of God. He knew that the calling down of the power of the God for the battle was crucial.

We need to learn to place this same kind of value on prayer today. The battles we face today are like the one between Israel and Amalek in the wilderness. The one who most influences the victory is not necessarily anyone who is physically present — but the one who, like Moses, intercedes with God for His power. If you cannot be “on location” in a place of need that you are concerned about today, you are far from helpless. Determine to be like Moses: the indispensable “prayer warrior” on the hill!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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