Leadership Lessons from Joshua: Big Ask Prayers

(This is Part 8 of a 10-part series exploring leadership lessons from the book of Joshua in the Bible. I wrote this with men in mind, but the leadership principles discussed are, of course, transferrable to women, as well.)

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. Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the Lord answered such a prayer. Surely the Lord fought for Israel that day! (Joshua 10:12-14)

When I read this, I am convicted by how small my prayers typically are. Almost everything I pray for would be possible even without God. But not Joshua! He literally asks God to do the impossible — something that had never happened before and could never happen without God’s miraculous intervention.

There’s nothing wrong with small prayers. God cares about everything we care about and He wants to help us. But I have to wonder… how many blessings have I missed out on because I’ve asked God for something far-less than what He is capable of doing? It’s like asking my billionaire dad if I can borrow $1! Sure, he has $1, but He is capable and desires to give us so much more!

What is the one thing that is on your heart that if it happened there would be no doubt Who did it? That’s your Big Ask prayer. Write it down. Share it with others. Pray it daily until the sun stands still.

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