“On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel:
‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.’
So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!” (Joshua 10:12-14)
As I read this incredible story, I started reflecting on the aspect of my prayer life that has to do with asking God. I was surely convicted as I faced my own reality concerning the fact that I don’t ask God for much. Other than the normal intercession for my own family, friends, diverse situations and a sporadic “God help me!” my list of things I asked for is not impressive.
Not asking God for much may sound acceptable; but I am faced with having to search my own heart concerning the reason why I don’t ask God for much. Is it that I feel that God can’t do what I ask Him to do? Is it that I feel that He don’t want to give me what I ask? Is it that I don’t feel that He is even listening? Or is it that I feel that I can get what I want without God? Joshua surely asked for something completely off the charts of natural possibilities. Joshua dared to ask for a whole day to stop so that he’d be able to advance in battle. Crazy! However, the petition was, indeed, granted by God.
I guess today we may want to take a chance, expand our faith and ask God for something extraordinary. Do we believe He can do it? Is it something completely out of our own possibility of self-doing? I think God wants to challenge us today! I think that today, God wants us to ask Him for the impossible.