Sun Stood Still

I love my birthday. I have done ever since I was a small child. Every year, came the new opportunity to ask my parents for a gift. Every year, came a new opportunity to tell people when my birthday was. I was definitely and still am the kid who loves their birthday month.

For my 21st birthday, I knew I would have to try another tactic though because I wanted a Canon DLR camera that was going to cost my parents £400. I had to change the strategy on how I asked my parents, instead of leaving little notes around the house or pictures on the fridge. I knew I just had to be bold and ask. I needed to be audacious.

One of my favourite stories in the Bible is that of Joshua, not only do we see him to be told to be strong and courageous, we witness him deliver one of the most unique and completely untraditional prayers in the Bible. Joshua had the audacity, the boldness to ask God to make the sun stop in the sky. To freeze time on behalf of His people. Joshua said:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you moon, over the Valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped.”
— Joshua 10:12-13

And do you know what’s the most amazing thing? Do you know what God does? He gives Joshua exactly what he asked for. We can read from scripture just how unique this event was, it says

“There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel.”
— Joshua 10:14

And change Israel, to you. Surely, the Lord will be fighting for you.

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When it comes to prayer and how we pray we can walk through life like I did with my parents. Leaving them little notes for them to discover around the house – instead of asking them directly for what I want.

In many ways we can do that with God, we skip around town, scatter a few seeds hoping He’ll get the message. And he definitely does! My parents knew exactly what I wanted, however they appreciated it when I had the audacity to ask them for it. Our heavenly Father wants that for us too. He wants us to be able to be bold!

But there are times, when what we ask for is not what we receive. There have been birthdays where I wanted to get a particular doll, money, book or even a console and that never happened. No matter if I had the audacity to ask them for. No matter how bold I was.

We have to remember that God will always work for His will in our lives. Sometimes, our will and God’s will may not the same. But we should take comfort in that what God can give us is something that we could not even begin to imagine or comprehend. Then there are times, when we’ve prayed before and nothing’s happened. I’ve been there too. Sometimes there are victories and other times there’s not. God doesn’t promise each victory, but he does promise that He’ll never leave.

“Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
— Hebrews 13:5

Even with all that, never stop praying for the impossible to be made possible. I want you to pause, stop and think about what you’re wanting to ask God for.

And friend, I pray that above all you witness God make the sun stand still over the things you’re praying for in life. Because… surely, the Lord will be fighting for you.

I want us to end reading the words from Ephesians 3:20-21:

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”