Let my prayer be counted as incense before Thee, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
Here is a challenge: Go to the end of the message and pray the prayer that you find at the end. When you get to the words “lifting up of my hands” lift up your hands while reciting the rest of the prayer. Pray the prayer, don’t just zip through it. Try to offer it in a prayerful way. You’ll see that it is actually pretty hard to hold your hands up for any length of time. I confess the other night, while serving the Great Compline, when I offered this prayer, I had my hands resting on the altar table, turned my palms up and didn’t really lift my arms at all. I was exhausted from some work I had done over the weekend. And as oftentimes happens, I had the idea for this reflection which is why I’m writing on this today.
In Exodus 17:10-13, we read an account of the Israelites fighting against the Amalekites. It goes like this:
So Joshua did as…