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What your prayers say about your faith

How do you pray? Do you close your eyes or hold your hands together? Maybe you pray in your head; maybe you pray out loud or write your prayers down. Some people pray through a list, some pray through their calendars, and some pray through both.

What we pray for shows what we think about God.

Prayer is simply talking to God. There’s no right or wrong way to pray, but what we pray for says a lot about what we think about God. That’s what makes Joshua’s prayer so striking.

To ask God to make the sun stand still, you’d have to believe He could do it and know that He cares enough to do it (Joshua 10:12). After all, would you ask the manager of Walmart to lower prices at Target? No, because he can’t do anything about it. Just like you wouldn’t ask your 10-year-old whether now is a good time to refinance the mortgage.

Joshua’s prayer shows his faith in God’s ability and desire to act on behalf of his people. That kind of faith doesn’t happen in an instant. It grows over time as we spend time with God and see Him at work around us.

Joshua would have been a young boy when Moses parted the Red Sea. He had seen God alter the laws of nature and knew God was capable. Joshua had also stood outside the tent of meeting while Moses met with God face-to-face. Joshua knew God cared enough to intercede for His people because Joshua had seen God do it time and time again.

A lifetime of witnessing Moses’ faith and God’s miracles helped Joshua develop great faith of his own. The same can be true of each one of us. As we pray boldly and wait expectantly, we’re growing our own faith and teaching an important lesson to the young men and women watching us: God is capable and He cares about His people.

Reflect:

  • What is your life teaching those around you about God?
  • What do you want your life to teach those around you?
  • Is there anything you need to stop doing or start doing to trust God more?

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