A Study of the Prayers of the Bible–a Prayer of Joshua


Joshua 10:12 

Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”


In Joshua 10:1-15, we read that five Amorite kings and their men came up against the inhabitance of Gibeon, who were allies of Israel.  As it happened, the men of Gideon sent word to Joshua for help; and Joshua, being greatly encouraged by the Lord, came to their aid.  And God caused the Amorites to flee in fear. 

Now here is the miraculous part: as Joshua and his men were pursuing them, knowing that they needed more day light hours than the day could offer, Joshua prayed for the sun to stand still!  Thus the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.  What a day that was!  Because of Joshua’s prayer God caused the sun to stop in the middle of the sky for a whole day (v. 13)! 

If you think some people are going too far for praying for rain I wonder what Joshua’s men thought of this prayer?  “He’s praying for what?”  Then I wonder what they said when the sun and moon stopped? We must conclude that this is one of the greatest faith-filled prayers ever made, and also one of the greatest answers given.

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2 Responses to A Study of the Prayers of the Bible–a Prayer of Joshua

  1. Heidi Viars says:

    This reminds me of a story written in Streams in the Desert.

    “I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, “The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left it. George Mueller came to me, and said, “Captain I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon.” “It is impossible,” I said. “Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chart-room and pray.”

    I looked at that man of God, and thought to myself, what lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this. “Mr. Mueller,” I said, “do you know how dense this fog is?” “No,” he replied, “my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.”

    He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he had finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told me not to pray. “First, you do not believe He will answer; and second I BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.”

    I looked at him, and he said, “Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door, and you will find the fog gone.” I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement.–
    (from Streams in the Desert : A Simple Prayer)

    Thanks for sharing, Stephen … I am also reminded of 2 Corinthians 3:5 …He is sufficient … not we!

  2. Thanks for sharing about George Muller. I have read a small biography of his but don’t remember that story. But as I said it was a small book. Being a painter I have often prayed for it not to rain, but in those times I also prayed, “may your will be done,” because to get a house painted isn’t really that important, and God may have other plans.

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