Joshua's Prayer at Gibeon
In preparing for the sermon this week, I found myself reflecting on Joshua as he came up from Gilgal to defend Gibeon against the five kings. In Joshua 10:12 he prayed:
"At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, 'Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the valley at Aijalon,' And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies."
What Dale Davis says about this text reminded me of the importance of prayer and our preparation for it by our elders in worship:
"It was some sort of prayer! Though it was spoken to Yahweh (v. 12), it was nevertheless a man's direct command (v. 12b) to elements under only God's control. Yet 'Yahweh listened to the voice of a man.' Astounding! Isn't it still amazing that God listens to the voice of a man or woman who comes to him? Doesn't this view of prayer both rebuke both the flippancy and tedium with which we often approach the Great King? Ought we not catch our breath to think that God who is seated on high (Ps 113:5) stoops down and bends his ear to lips of dust and ashes? 'When he calls to me, I will answer him' (Ps 91:15); who ever heard of a God like that?" (Dale Ralph Davis, No Falling Words, 90)
Take courage, Trinity, that God, who dwells in inapproachable light, hears you when you pray. Let's be in prayer for one another this week as many travel to be with family and face the stress of the holidays.
"Father, O that we might see your victory in the lives of our people who struggle and fight to possess the land of their souls behind you!"