Bold Prayer

Read Joshua 10:1-28

On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said,
“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.

Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the LORD answered such a prayer. Surely the LORD fought for Israel that day! (Joshua 10:12-14 NLT)

When I read this text I am challenged to consider the way I pray. Do I pray with this kind of confidence? Joshua prays expectantly for the impossible, and God comes through — the sun and the moon stood still. Amazing. Make no mistake, God is not just some glorified version of a genie in a lamp — at our beckon call just to grant our wishes. God does, however, promise to love and provide and protect us beyond measure. So when we find ourselves staring in the face of our next “impossible” challenge, what do we do? How do we pray? I am challenged today to pray as Joshua prays — with faith and expectation.

What is on your heart to pray? What do you long for that seems out of reach or impossible? Is there a place in your life where you need to know God’s provision or protection or peace?

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