The Day the Sun Stood Still

On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said, “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. (Joshua 10:12-13 NLT) “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon….” That prayer did not begin in the heart of Joshua. That prayer was birthed in the heart of God! “The sun standing still” was not a part of the battle strategy that Joshua and the leaders had devised. Even though it was highly effective, Joshua and the leaders never included that particular strategy in any of their future battle plans. They never used that prayer in some type of last-ditch effort when the tide of battle was not going in their direction – kind of like a “Hail, Mary” pass in the final seconds of a football game. God divinely inspired that prayer for that specific moment in time. He not only chose the request, He chose the time at which it would be uttered. And though it was birthed from His heart, He required that it be expressed through the voice of a man (Joshua) before He answered it. That prayer was not expressed to change the heart of God and beseech Him to do something He did not want to do. That prayer was communicated from God’s heart to Joshua’s heart, so that Joshua and the people could join with Him in His activity.