The Lord told Joshua, “You are growing old and much land remains to be conquered. . . . I myself will drive these people out of the land ahead of the Israelites. So be sure to give this land to Israel as a special possession (Joshua 13:1-6).”
The God to whom we pray knows who we are and what we can do. He does all the rest.
The Israelites did not consult the Lord and they were deceived (Joshua 9).
Seek God’s counsel.
The walls of Jericho had just fallen. God’s name was honored in the land. Then someone sinned, the Israelites were defeated at Ai, and the hearts of the people melted.
Here’s some of what Joshua prayed: “O Lord God, Why? What will happen to the honor of your great name (Joshua 7:9)?”
Consider God’s honor as you suffer sin’s consequences.
The priests in this story gave a great example for us to follow. Here’s what happened:
The priests went first, stepping into an overflowing Jordan River. Then God held the water back. The priests stood in the middle of the river while the people hurried across. When everyone was safely on the other side, the priests crossed over as the people watched (read the whole story in Joshua 3 -4).
Step out, stand still, and pray. Others will follow.
Rahab heard about God and said, “The Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath (Joshua 2:11).”
Rahab knew God could save anyone. She pleaded not only for herself, but also for her family. “Please . . . save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them (Joshua 2:12-13).”
Follow Rahab’s example. Plead for the lives of your family.
The Lord your God has promised, “I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you (Joshua 1:5).”
Pray to the Lord who is with you.
There is none like God. The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 32:27).
God hides us and holds us through the hardest of days.
God rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty (Deuteronomy 33:26).
No matter where you are, God is there to hear your prayer.
He gives us what we need to survive, sometimes from unlikely places.
He nourished them with honey from the rock and olive oil from the stony ground (Deuteronomy 32:13).
Who is God?
“Is he not your father, who created you, who made you and established you (Deuteronomy 32:6)?”