God Knows

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.

Pray for God’s Honor

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.

Stand Still and Pray

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.

Plead for your Family

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.