The Word of God in 1 Samuel 30 :1-19, tells us about the war between David and the Amalekites (descendants of Amalek). The Amalekites had invaded Tsiklag, the land where David and his men resided; taken captive everyone who was around (including women and children) and carried away material goods.
In the face of this distressing spectacle, “(…) David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep” (1 Samuel 30: 4). Feelings of anguish invaded David but he “strengthened himself in the LORD his God” (1 Samuel 30: 6). So, he consulted the Lord who gave him his approval and David fought the Amalekites, with the help of his God, and won the victory and recovered all that Israel had lost.
Beloved, the spirit of Amalek represents this enemy who comes and takes that which is dear to you (spouse, child, salary, home, peace, health, salary, etc.). This puts you in such anguish that your prayer life becomes paralyzed. In the time of Moses, Amalek wanted to block the Israelites who were on their way to to their promised land (Exodus 17 :8-16). Jesus’ disciples were also attacked by an Amalek-like spirit in the Garden of Gethsemane to the point where instead of praying to support the Lord Jesus, they fell asleep, not from tiredness but of sadness (Luke 22: 44-45).
By constantly thinking about the challenge you face, the spirit of Amalek paralyses you to the extent that you give in to discouragement: it affects your prayer life. As a result, it creates an interference between God and you, preventing the fulfillment of your prayers. If you give in to discouragement and sadness, Amalek can overcome you.
How does one defeat the spirit of Amalek? By leaning on the Lord ! David had to regain courage and rely on the Lord his God. And in the battle between Israel and Amalek at Rephidim (Exodus 17: 8 -13), Joshua was sent to the field to lead the military battle, but the spiritual war was led by Moses. To win the victory, “ (…) Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.“.
So Beloved, to overcome the spirit of Amalek, do as Moses and David and rely on the Rock of ages. The Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 10: 4c that Jesus Christ is the Rock. When dealing with what makes you anxious, do not rely on your strength but lift up your hands to your God and uplift His name above your situation (Psalm 28: 2, Lamentations 3 :41). Like Moses, do not face this challenge all alone. But share your burden with one or two brothers (sisters) in the faith so that they support you in prayer. Listen and listen to the exhortations that strengthen your faith and give you courage. Stand on the Word of God (who is Christ) and pray fervently. By so doing, victory will be yours!
May God bless you Beloved
”And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow”…
Psalm 34 :4
“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears“.
1 Corinthians 10:4
”...and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ”.
”Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary. Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!”.
”We lift up our heart and hands Toward God in heaven.’‘
“Lord, hear my voice ! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications“.
2 Chronicles 33:12
“And when he was in affliction, he (Manasseh) besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers...”
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2 Chronicles 33:10-12