Day 17: Praying with a prayer partner
The aim of this challenge to is to build an intimate relationship with the Father and to begin the journey of becoming the Fathers Daughter. In this journey, there would be times you may feel weary or tired. When you have someone you can share your burdens with it helps a lot.
Last year I read the Book of Exodus and went through Moses journey. I implore you all to read it. Even if you’ve read it before, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal new truths to you.
When I read Chapter 17. The first thing that struck me was that the first verse started with “Directed by God, the whole company of Israel moved on by stages from the Wilderness of Sin……..”
This is not the main reason for this post but in that first verse alone, it occurred to me that we must take instructions from God on every single thing.
Verses 8-16, refers to the war against the Amalekites
8 Amalek came and fought Israel at Rephidim.
9 Moses ordered Joshua: “Select some men for us and go out and fight Amalek. Tomorrow I will take my stand on top of the hill holding God’s staff.”
10 Joshua did what Moses ordered in order to fight Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill.
11 It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning.
12 But Moses’ hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun went down.
13 Joshua defeated Amalek and its army in battle.
14 God said to Moses, “Write this up as a reminder to Joshua, to keep it before him, because I will most certainly wipe the very memory of Amalek off the face of the Earth.”
15 Moses built an altar and named it “God My Banner.”
16 He said, Salute God’s rule! God at war with Amalek Always and forever!
In this verse Joshua went to war with the Amalekites and Moses went up to a hill. On the hill he raised up his hands. Whenever he raised up his hands the Israelites won. When he got tired, Aaron and Hur held up his hands. The Israelites won the war.
First of all, Moses went up the hill. In Psalm 121 verse 1-2, the Bible says “I will lift up my eyes to the hills– From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
The hill represents God. This is where our help comes from. Moses went to seek Gods face. He didn’t seek any man.
Afterwards Moses raised up his hands. The raising up of hands is symbolic to praying. So Moses prayed and when he did the Israelites won. Like Moses/the Israelites whenever we pray over any situation in our lives, we would win.
The Bible says whenever he raised up his hands they won. It means there were times he didn’t raise up his hands. This means that he got tired. Like Moses, we too can get tired from praying. So don’t beat yourself up if you get tired from praying or tired from waiting for answers to your prayers.
So did Moses, give up because he got tired? No he didn’t. Aaron and Hur helped him by raising his hands. Notice that he didn’t call Aaron and Hur after he got tired but they followed him from the beginning. And when he got tired they helped him and the Bible said “his arms remained steady until the sun went down”.
Do you have an Aaron or Hur by your side as you pray to God. We can’t walk this walk alone. The Bible in Matthew 18:20 says “for where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them” .
One of the blessings of joining the Masterlife discipleship course in Guiding Light Assembly is that during the course, one of our exercises was to choose a prayer partner. This relationship is one of Gods greatest gifts to me. My prayer partner and I have been praying together since 2013. We have both dedicated our Mondays to God, so we meet up for an hour or two every Monday to pray. We are about the same age.
Our prayer sessions are so refreshing. We just come together talk about how our week has been and then we talk about our prayer points. Then we pray. Either one of us prays first and then the second person prays afterwards during each session. We’ve seen many answers to our prayers. There are also prayers that we haven’t yet seen answers to and when one of us is weary the other person encourages and lifts up the other.
We have cried, laughed, rejoiced and even quarreled in these sessions. We are now more than just prayer partners and have become friends and sisters. We genuinely love each other and have been there for each other at special and crucial moments in our lives.
You may say you already have a group of people you pray with. This is great as I also do the same however, it is important to have that person that you can pray with one-on-one. As a married person you may say well you already pray with your husband. While I agree that you and your spouse should pray together, I also suggest you have a separate person you pray with as well. Sometimes your prayer points are things about your spouse and it would be awkward bringing it up to your husband when it is about him. (P.s your prayer partner should be a woman and not a man).
Please note: Our prayer time involves us just worshipping God and then talking to Him like a daughter does to her Father. We don’t shout or gesticulate. We just sit and talk like He is right there with us. Sometimes if we are led to, we kneel. Sometimes we just worship. It also helps to have a book where you write down your prayer points. You can divide it into columns with a section for prayer point and the date the request is made and then include a blank column for date the prayer is answered. Most importantly please don’t follow any rules, just be led by the Holy Spirit
You may be concerned about confidentiality. Can I trust this person? What if the person tells my secrets and burdens to other people. It is important that you pray that God leads you to your prayer partner. I believe the person he leads you to would be mature enough to know that she can’t share your prayer points with others. There are three of you in that relationship, you, your prayer partner and God and anyone who does that is offending not just you but God as well.
It is important to note that this is not a relationship where you look for someone to pray for you like a pastor, prophet etc. This is a relationship where you both come together and pray to the Father together. You talk to the father as you would during your quiet time.
Please note that this relationship is not to substitute your relationship with the Father. Your intimate relationship with the Father is number one.
I. Do you have a prayer partner?
II. If you do, how often do you pray together?
III. If you don’t, would you like one?
IV. When God leads you to your prayer partner, choose a day of the week that is convenient for the two of you and commit to meeting up to pray. You can also choose to pray over the phone or via skpe or watsapp calls in case you are not able to meet physically.
· Spend 60 minutes with the Father today.
· Ask the Father to lead you to a prayer partner?
· If you already have one, spend sometime praying for your prayer partner.
· Write a letter to Him in your journal. You can start with “Dear Daddy, Dear Father etc.
· Read John chapter 17
· What is God saying to you? (write any thoughts that come to you in your journal)
· What do you say to God? (write this in your journal)
The Father’s Daughter’s thoughts: Jesus is our ultimate prayer partner. He prayed for us even before we were born. I remember when I did the masterlife discipleship class and read John 17 for the first time. It was so comforting, encouraging and soothing to know that Jesus prayed for me. Two thousand years ago Jesus prayed for you and I. Please let that sink in. Jesus, the son of God prayed for us. Even before we knew we needed prayers, He prayed for us. He knew we would need prayers. Spend sometime thanking Jesus for praying for us. List out areas in which Jesus prayed for us. Jesus prayed for His followers, let is also imitate Him and spend sometime praying for our social media followers.
· Listen to “Build my life (w/spontaneous)” by Housefires III
· Listen to “Defender” by Upper Room
Declaration: Jesus prayed for me even before I was born therefore I will not go weary in this journey of life.