And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” Exodus 17:9
One of the remarkable events of history is the six-day war. It was a brief war that took place between June 5 and 10, 1967; it was the third of the Arab-Israeli wars. Here is what happened: Iraq signed an alliance with the president of Egypt and the King of Jordan and together, all three joined forces against Israel. When the Israelis saw what had happened, on the morning of June 5, using airstrikes, Israel destroyed 90 percent of Egypt’s air force right on the tarmac. In the same way they incapacitated the Syrian air force, and drove Jordan forces out of Jerusalem. They achieved this in six days because they utilized their air power, yes, their height advantage.
One of the swiftest ways to overcome your adversary is by rising above them. In the military, it is said that, “He who has the height advantage most often has the victory.” Moses utilized this strategy to his advantage as seen from today’s passage. When the Israelites were faced with a fierce battle against their arch enemy – Amalek, Moses decided to go to the TOP of the hill to lift up the rod of God in his hands. I am using ‘TOP’ in this context to mean, ‘Tower of Prayer’ because the posture of lifting up the rod of God was a posture of prayer and intercession.
While Joshua and the other men (the infantry) fought in the battle, Moses lifted them up in prayer before God for the victory. He generated enough power which enabled Israel to defeat Amalek. Likewise, as a Christian, prayer gives you the height advantage. When you go to the TOP (Tower Of Prayer), you have a better view, a birdseye view, and you begin to see what God sees. Also, authority flows from the top to the bottom; so, he who is at the top influences things from the top. More so, as we established from yesterday, most of the issues we deal with in life have their roots in the unseen realm, therefore, we must generate power in the place of prayer (spiritual realm) in order to have dominion over them.
Victory came for the Israelites at the TOP, not by the sword. You may be experiencing repeated negative patterns in your life, there may be issues at your office, or in your marriage, etc., take it to the TOP. By going to the TOP like Moses did, you are saying, “I’m leaving the nitty-gritty of life; I’m moving away from distractions, and from the clamor and the noise. I’m going to a place of seclusion, a place of power.” You may not see results immediately, but be assured that what you are praying about will come to pass.
I Kings 18:41-45, Psalm 66:3, & James 5:13-18
Ask for grace to prioritize your ‘Tower Of Prayer’ in all your endeavors; that as you go to the ‘TOP,’ you will generate enough power to influence what happens in your sphere of engagement positively, and you will grow in your intimacy with the Almighty.