Joshua 10:12-14 At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.
What would you pray for if you knew God would hear you and answer? What would you have the faith to believe Him for if you knew, with no doubt or fear, that He was on your side?
The story of Joshua praying for the sun to stand still in the sky is often centered around his bold prayer and God’s answer, but shift your focus just for a moment back on verse 8 of this story. Notice that before Joshua had the bold faith to pray for a mighty miracle, he heard from God. The Lord told Joshua that He was on his side and that Israel would win over their enemies.
With that knowledge, Joshua was able to pray with complete faith, knowing that God was with him. We too can be courageous in our prayers if we first hear from God that He is on our side. Are you living for Him? Is He on your side? Consult God’s Word and find where He wants you. When you are there, He is fighting on your side, and your voice too will be heard.
———- So what would you pray for if you knew He would answer?
Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
Why Jesus? What does it mean to name the child Jesus? Of all the things the Savior of the world could have been named…Jesus…
The Hebrew name from which Jesus derived is Yeshua, or as we would know it, Joshua. Yes, Jesus was a popular name and the Messiah was one of many. This is even more puzzling as to why He would be given a name that didn’t stand out, that is until you realize what the name means in the original language. Yeshua means “salvation”, and this should be no surprise in light of Matthew 1:21. The child promised to Mary was to be named salvation because He would save His people from their sins. Fitting.
But consider the other Joshua’s of the Bible. Joshua, son of Nun was the leader who delivered the people of Israel into the promised land. He won many military campaigns in the land of Canaan and was considered a godly man. He was, for all intents and purposes, a savior for God’s people. Joshua was salvation. Maybe not as glorious in battle, but also used by God, was the high priest of the book of Ezra. Jeshua helped to rebuild the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem after God’s people returned from exile to their home land. He rebuilt the temple to reconnect the people with God. He made a way for them to seek after God.
And Jesus of Nazareth is the name above all names. The name bestowed upon Him is the one at which every knee will bow, on heaven and on earth, and under the earth. It’s HIS name at which demons tremble and it’s HIS name that every tongue will confess. He, Jesus Christ, is Lord of all. He is salvation.