Courageous Faith: The Faith to ask

Those who follow Christ need to walk by faith and not by sight. Sometimes faith means being willing to go where God is leading, sometimes it means going back, repenting and starting over and sometimes, it means the courage to ask. Jesus Himself said (Matthew 7:7): “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…”

God desires that we should ask Him for what we need and for the deepest desires of our hearts. A striking image of the faith to ask is found in Joshua. In Joshua 10 we read about perhaps one of the boldest prayers ever prayed. He had faith to ask something most people would not have dared to dream was possible, and yet, because he asked, God did a miracle.

The Israelite army was engaged in a battle against the Amorites and Joshua realised that they needed more time. The sun was going down and in order to ensure that his army was not caught disadvantaged in unfamiliar territory, he needed more daylight. He needed the sun to stand still and so, he asked.

We read in Joshua 10:12-14:

On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:

‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.’
So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,

as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!”

What miracles have we missed out on in our own lives because we didn’t have the faith to ask? It’s sometimes easy to fall into a mundane, routine kind of Christianity that forgets Who we really worship – a God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or imagine (Eph 3:21). Will we have the courageous faith to pray big, “sun-stand-still” prayers in our own lives and open up the possibility of seeing God’s glory and power revealed in our world and lives in ways we never thought possible?