Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013 “Stand Up”

“Joshua said, “Oh, oh, oh…Master God. Why did you insist on bringing these people across the  Jordan? To make us victims of the Amorites? To wipe us out? Why didn’t we just settle down on the east side of the Jordan? Oh, Master, what can I say after this, after Israel has been run off by its enemies? When the Canaanites and all the others living here get wind of this, they’ll gang up on us and make short work of us, and then how will you keep up your reputation?” (Joshua 7: 7-9- The Message Bible)

Good Morning Dear Family of Faith!

What sort of prayer relationship have you been building with the Lord? It is my prayer that your prayer relationship has been growing and expanding as you realize more and more God’s desire for a completely open and intimate relationship with Him…that we can come at any time with anything that is on our heart. Take a close look at this prayer of Joshua. Can you imagine yourself praying in such a fashion to God? Most of us are rather accustomed to formal church prayers. Such familiar prayers often take the form of praise, thanksgiving, confession, and petition. When asked to define prayer to someone, most likely we would explain it as being somewhat along those lines. But this prayer, (and indeed it is a prayer), is anything but a formal church prayer. This is the prayer of a man who is full of confusion and fear regarding the circumstances around him. Battles have been fought and lost, people are being killed. Panic is setting in. Joshua turns to God and “spills out his guts” as it were, holding nothing back. He is specific, honest, and direct. He does not try hiding his feelings, Joshua understood that hiding your needs and deepest desires from God is to ignore the only One who can really help. God’s response,to Joshua is “Stand up!” …in other words, “It’s time to take action…here is what’s going on.”Then He explains to Joshua what he is to do and why. You can read God’s full response to Joshua’s prayer in Joshua 7: 10- 15.

God invites and welcomes our honest prayers and wants you to feel free to express your truest, deepest feelings to Him. Any true believer can become more honest in prayer by remembering that the Lord is all-knowing and all-powerful, and that his “steadfast love endures forever.” Knowing, understanding, and believing this leads to more openness and more effective prayer. Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; You are the Lord…the God Who fashioned us and the God Who knows us and every aspect of our lives. You know every thought, every motivation, every joy, every fear, and every desire. Encourage us to open our innermost thoughts to you without hesitation, trusting in Your goodness and your Grace, for we ask in in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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