“At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
“Sun, stand still at Gibeon,
and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.
Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.” – Joshua 10:12-14
God hears our prayers and can and will act.
I love this part of the story. The part where God ‘heeds the voice of man’. How cool is that? God was with Joshua so much so that he allowed Joshua to have the power to make a decision regarding the sun and moon! That’s pretty crazy. In fact, it’s the only instance in the Bible where God obeys man. Now, to be clear, Joshua is by no means bossing God around. God is the one in control hear. But Joshua’s desires were God’s desires and so God acted. I like to keep this in mind when I pray. I know that God has already planned out my life and even knows what I am going to pray for and so I will pray like this: “Lord, please give me this/help this person to do this/help me do something/give me the job/give me a spouse/etc if it is your will. If my heart’s desires are not your will, please help me to desire the things of you and not of my flesh”. God hears our prayers and he acts on them, whether we see it or not. And God can and will give you your heart’s desires if they are aligned with His will and glory. So don’t be afraid to pray for ‘big asks’. Who knows, God may even move the sun and moon for you.