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God Listened

Joshua 10:13b-14
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, a day when the Lord listened to a human being.

Our Youth Group recently discussed this section of Joshua.  The leader of the Israelite people had just prayed for God to stop the Sun and Moon so that they could win a war.  Their enemies were on the run but only because they had been caught by surprise.  If they had been given time to regroup they could have formed a large enough army to destroy the Israelites as well as their allies, the Gibeonites, in one fell swoop. Joshua and the Israelites were exhausted from marching all night and fighting all day, but instead of taking a break, he prayed for the ability to keep fighting.  A lesson we could all use when we are feeling weary.  

You may expect our conversation would focus on that, or the fact that Joshua was willing to ask for something so bold...when was the last time you prayed for something that broke the laws of physics?  

Instead we focused on one little easy to miss phrase: "...the Lord listened to a human being." In the original language the verb translated as "listened" means "obeyed".  It is only used with God as the subject 3 times in scriptures.  All three times are in response to prayers of selfless desperation.  When we pray for others in desperation, God listens in a special way.  

From this small passage we can look at 3 points on prayer:
1.) Pray for the ability to keep going, God's abundance may surprise you.
2.) Pray for the unreasonable and illogical, God is not limited by our minds.
3.) Pray for others with deep desperation, God will "listen"!

God, help us to grow our prayer lives.  Help us to remember to ask for you when we are weary.  Give us the faith to pray for the unbelievable.  Most of all, soften our hearts so that we may pray for others with desperation. Amen  


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