November 4 – 35 Prayers in the Bible – Joshua

Read Joshua 10:1-15

“Where were you when the sun stood still?”

Can you imagine being there on the day that such a prayer was answered?

When reading Joshua 10:1-15, it might be easy to process these verses as if it was just a story, not a historical, real-life event. Read it once more, if you need to, and really picture it as fact, not fiction! There really was a battle. There really was a prayer that “Joshua spoke to the LORD in the presence of Israel. (v. 12) ” The sun really did stand still… “stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed its setting almost a full day.” (v. 13) Can you imagine?

Even in our own lives there have been events that will perhaps be told in history books. And, when we tell our children about these times, we will tell them of these real-life events… how it impacted us and the people around us. We will speak of how God showed up during these moments. And, WOW, how God truly did show up as the Israelites battled FIVE Amorite kings!

Did you catch verse 14?

“There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man, because the Lord fought for Israel.”

BECAUSE the Lord fought for Israel. Notice the points in the story where it speaks of how the Lord fought for Israel. How powerful is our God! And, keep in mind. that this “peace agreement” between Israel and Gibeon, mentioned in verse 1, was not even an agreement that God had wanted the Israelites to make. How gracious is our God! Yet, let us also keep in mind that Joshua prayed this prayer in the context of having obeyed God by going into battle in the first place, as we see in verse 8. It was God who fought for the Israelites.

And so it is with us. Though our enemy, the devil, may rally against us, it is in the strength of the LORD that we stand! (Ephesians 6:10) It is on His name we call! Today, remember the strength of the Lord. How can you ask Him to fight for you today?

Beth Starkey

21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE

For the full challenge, go here!

Day 15: Pray for our friends

Read Proverbs 27:5-6 and John 15:12-15. Jesus tells us to love our friends as He has loved us. The most loving thing we can do when we’re worried about friends is to pray for them. Send an encouraging message to someone you prayed for and let them know they’re in your prayers!

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