“Oh son stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the valley of Aijalon.”
— Joshua 10:12b
The Lord had promised Joshua that He would deliver his enemies into his hands, and not one of them would be able to withstand him (Joshua 10:8). As the sun was setting, the battle had gone well with the Amorites starting to flee into the valley, but the victory was not complete. Joshua knew that when it got dark, the enemy would slip away under a cover of darkness. He wanted total victory. Joshua remembered God’s word to him. He spoke out a very bold, completely unscientific request. He had the audacity to ask God to make the sun stop in the sky-to freeze time, and that is exactly what God did.
“The sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge upon their enemies.”
— Joshua 10:13a
While reading the book, Sun, Stand Still by Steven Furtick, I was really challenged to ask myself, “Am I praying faith filled, audacious prayers based on God’s word?” I know I must have Scriptural promises to back up those prayers, but I also know there are many promises I have failed to appropriate. I am inspired by this account of a bold, audacious prayer in line with a promise God made to Joshua. This has challenged me to search out promises for my specific needs and pray bolder prayers. As I have struggled with delays in answers to prayers I noticed that I had not been bold when asking. Now I revolve to send those audacious prayers up (in line with God’s promises in His word) and see answers that will defy logic.
Thank you Lord for this insight.