Praying for the impossible
How often do you pray for the impossible? And when you do so, how often do you believe God will actually come through? Maybe you still believe in miracles. Maybe you have just stopped believing. Maybe you have seen God move so many times that miracles seem like the norm. Or maybe just maybe you have always wished those miracles could happen for you.
Any way you slice it, life is filled with its ups and downs. With all those I talk to it’s easy to hear the pain, to sense the frustration, to see the tears, to know the hurting inside.
- You may have your back against the wall with no solution in sight…
- You may be facing insurmountable odds and failure seems all but certain…
- You may have lost all hope and see it as a lost cause…
- There may be a dream that you have let die…
There are times when we need to throw up the mother of all prayers. God: can you hear me? Can you see what I’m going through. Where God oh where are you? I need you now! The Hail Mary pass to heaven. Will it land in the end zone for victory or will the pass fall incomplete or be intercepted by the enemy? There are times when we need to ask God for the impossible.
If it happened for Joshua, it can happen for you!
Sun Stand Still tells of this kind of moment for Joshua. Talk about having your back up against the wall: Five opposing kings combined their armies to go and attack the city of Gibeon. Joshua was summoned to come to the rescue. He could have easily said “Sorry! I have 18 holes to squeeze in”, but instead he gathered his best warriors and rose to the occasion. Joshua heard from the Lord along the way, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” (Joshua 10:8)
The battle begins with a surprise attack from Joshua’s army (Israelites) and they immediately see favor as the opposing army (Amorites) starts to flee the city. The Lord even stepped in as we see in verse 11:
“the LORD hurled large hailstones down on them from the sky”
With the Lord’s help more died from hailstones than from the swords of the Israelites. All seemed to be going in Joshua’s favor – except one thing: time! The sun was ready to set and he knew that if it became dark, the Amorites would get away. So Joshua asks God to do the impossible:
“O sun, stand still over Gibeon,
O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” (Joshua 10:12)
The day the sun never set
God answered the prayer and the sun did not set for almost a full day! Can you believe that? God stopped the entire world when Joshua asked Him to do so…
Sun Stand Still surrounds itself in the premise that God is still in the miracle business. That if we pray mighty prayers, activate our faith, and take steps forward in alignment with God’s will, anything is possible. We serve a God who can do all things through his people.
I don’t want to give too much away but this is a MUST READ! It’s that good. In Sun Stand Still be prepared to dream once again. Pastor Steven Furtick, of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC will challenges you to live out a faith that:
• Aligns your dreams with God’s will
• Steps away from complacency
• Recognizes God’s unstoppable plan for your life
• Resists excuses and ignites the ordinary
• Understands the sacrifices necessary to live in God’s plan
• Accepts your mistakes and disappointments
• Pushes past obstacles.
What are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy and be prepared to be challenged and inspired to pray “Sun Stand Still” prayers!