February 22, 2014
READ: Exodus 17:8-13
So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill (v.10).
Recently I watched the making of a popular Korean TV drama. I’ve been a fan of the show, but the behind the scenes experience brought my appreciation to a new level. I learned that a successful programme requires more than just a talented screenwriter. The actors and actresses need to bring the story to life. Then there’s the director, the lighting engineers, the editors and more. The crew members of this show work so well together that they recently went on vacation in Cebu in the Philippines to celebrate the show’s success. That’s a team!
I’m reminded of a beautiful account of teamwork found in the Bible. In Exodus 17 the newly formed nation of Israel came face-to-face with the army of Amalek. It was their first battle, but the inexperienced Hebrews crushed their enemies!
How did they do it? More than just an army of warriors was involved (v.10). Moses acted the part of intercessor, Joshua was lead warrior and Aaron and Hur were support staff (v.11). This is a beautiful picture of how the body of Christ works. Joshua led in the foreground, but—behind the scenes—Moses laboured in prayer as Aaron and Hur gave a little help to their friend.
In the spiritual warfare for souls, battles are gained through both the presence of people on the field and the intercessory prayers of those around the globe. With that in mind, one missions agency gave the following guidelines for how we should pray for missionaries:
• Pray as for yourself. Any problem you have, the missionary may also have.
• Pray a passage. Try using some verses from Scripture when you’re praying for missionaries (consider Ephesians 1:15-23, 3:16-21; Colossians 1:9-14).
Teamwork paves the way for God’s work! —Poh Fang Chia
Read Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:7-27 and note the amazing unity and diversity in the body of Christ.
What role can you play in the development of God’s kingdom? Why is it important for you to be a team player?