Have you ever had God smack you between the eyes as you are reading? I have, and the most recent occasion was while I was reading Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick. In case you aren’t sure where you have heard that title before, it was in a prayer of Joshua, that God would make the sun stand still in the sky so the Israelites could win the battle they were fighting.
My word for 2015 is “persistent prayer,” and I have dedicated a portion of my devotional time to reading books on prayer or about prayer warriors for the entire year. I had no idea how much blessing I was going to derive from that commitment. Less than two months into the new year, and I have read some wonderful books that are challenging me and changing me. Sun Stand Still is one of them.
I got that smack between the eyes about nine days ago, thanks to Steven Furtick, when I read this:
“So Joshua came upon them suddenly by marching all night from Gilgal.”
(Joshua 10:9, NASB95)
Joshua doesn’t pray his “sun stand still prayer” for several more verses. Before he prayed and asked God for the miraculous, he and his army marched all night and surprised the enemy. They marched all night in unknown territory, carrying all of their weapons of war. Joshua and his army took the natural steps and trusted God for the supernatural.
Am I willing to march all night while trusting God to fulfill a promise? Am I willing to keep moving forward in faith, no longer how long it takes, no matter how dark the night, no matter how fierce the enemy?
Those are the questions I am asking myself as I pray for God to move in situations in my life and in the situations in the lives of others. I hope you’ll do the same. Stop standing in hope and start marching in faith … all night if necessary.