Exodus 17-12, Matthew 9:36-38 Answering a prayer

Exodus 17:12
“But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”
Matthew 9:36-38
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;  38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

I wonder sometimes if our lives seem out of control, and we don’t feel harassed and helpless; if our arms don’t get tired from carrying the weight of the daily battle.

Probably happens to all of us. Yet, Moses had Aaron and Hur hold his arms up so he could draw on God’s power. Christ has compassion on us, because we are like sheep without a shepherd. He prays for people to help with the harvest.

Christ is calling us to action, to help with the harvest, to be the hands, feet, backs, arms – the body of Christ – and get to work. Moses, who carried a nation on his back, needed mortal help at times. 

God will carry all of us and call all of us. We have to be part of the process though, helping as we are called. Whether it’s lifting someone up or carrying them along, heed the call and answer the prayer.

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