Reading through parts of Joshua recently has made me realize that our prayers as Christians, or at least my prayers, are not nearly as grand as they should be.
I think the feeling is that we are somehow a burden or bothering God by bringing our requests to Him, but it’s quite the opposite. He loves hearing from us.
I know I go through seasons where my prayers are far too small. I more or less go through the motions. Do you think the Lord wants to me hear more than a food blessing from us? Do you think that he wants to hear more than just occasional prayer when we feel like we need something from him?
I think he does.
I think he wants seemingly impossible, limitless, earth-shattering prayers. I think he wants the desperate cry of our hearts about changing the world! I think he wants to hear our dreams and visions. I think he wants to know our plans and desires.
The truth is, with God, all things are possible. (Matt 19:26)
And we all know that…but how many of us pray like that?
How many times do we truly pray the seemingly impossible but come into existence in our lives?
In Joshua 10, Joshua is fighting the Amorite armies. The Lord spoke to Joshua and let him know that He was helping him and on his side (it even says that God dropped large hailstones on the enemies). The fighting went on all day and continued as night began to fall. The Amorites started to flee into a valley to hide with the night fall, but Joshua, wanting to finish the job, prayed the most epic prayer you will ever hear. He prayed the impossible to be possible. He prayed,
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” (vs.12)
WHAT?!?! He just prayed for the sun to stand still; to stop moving so that his army could have more light to finish defeating the Amorites. And guess what happened? God listened. He stopped the sun and the moon until the fight was over!
“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies…The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since…” (vs 13-14)
This I know: God is moved by our faith. We need to start praying some big faith prayers. We have a self-reliance problem in this culture…it has become about the individual and how well one can support him/herself. I think this mindset has trickled into our prayer lives. We stop asking God for big things because we think we should take care of it ourselves.
Let us get back to having boldness when we approach God. Let’s not put limits on a limitless God. Let’s allow God to tell us what is possible and what is not. Let us pray bigger with no boundaries.
God said we can move mountains. Joshua stopped the sun. What will you pray for?