Do you remember that series we did last fall? Sun Stand Still? During that series, we talked about the idea of praying Sun Stand Still prayers like Joshua prayed. Do you remember? If not, let me remind you:
On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 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 10:12-14)
Joshua was fighting for Israel. They were winning the fight, and just needed more daylight to finish the battle. So, Joshua prayed his Sun Stand Still prayer, and the sun actually stood still. If you read the story in Joshua 10, you’ll see that Joshua and his army fought the whole time, but that the Lord made the sun stand still and that he killed more with the hail stones than Joshua and his army were able to kill with the sword.
It’s amazing. It’s so amazing most of us can’t even fathom the concept. Can you imagine what it would be like if the Sun delayed going down for a full day. You wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, but instead of the sun going down, it stays up. Can you imagine how abnormal that would be. It would be like living at the North pole for one day.
How do your prayers compare? I’m not suggesting we only pray for the big, audacious prayers like Joshua. Of course, we want God to be involved in the common, ordinary parts of our days. But, do you ever pray in faith for God to do something so big, so amazing, so audacious that only He can take the credit for it? Have you ever prayed for the Sun to Stand Still? Have you ever prayed for thousands to come to Christ? Have you ever prayed for that person who seems so far from God that they’ll never accept him? Have you prayed for God to move mountains and part seas?
If you were the all-powerful, omnipotent God, how would you evaluate your own prayers? If you were sitting in the throne that controls the entire universe, with the ability to change any of it on your own command, how you would respond to your prayers as they reach your omnipotent ears? Would you want to move and do something? Or would you shake your head? Would you sit there and think to yourself, here they are praying to me, and I have all this power to do whatever I wish and they’re asking me to make the light stay green for another second. I’m omnipotent, and they’re asking me to get that splinter out of their finger.
God wants to be involved in omnipotent ways int he lives of his believers. Are we inviting Him to do so?