By the time it was over, I was trembling.
I have trembled before, Lord. But right after church?
Our pastor’s message pierced me to the core. It was about praying more boldly. My note-taking could not keep up with the profound truths he was speaking.
By Your Spirit, of course. Speaking to me.
I scribbled my questions as the service drew to a close:
What are You doing, Lord??? Are You leading me into a new season? A season of breakthrough? Of mountain-moving intercession? Is that why You were stirring up my “warrior spirit”…
… just this morning???
My day had begun early, as You led me to the Book of Joshua. This was the second time Your people had stood at the threshold of the land You had promised to their ancestors. The first time, they shrank back in fear. All but two.
Joshua and Caleb. And here they both were, now forty years later, ready to finally enter and possess the Promised Land.
Suddenly I wondered: Were either of them from the tribe of Judah? (The tribe of “promise,” through which You would bring forth the promised Savior). What did their names mean? And how did this foreshadow You, Lord Jesus?
Caleb was from the tribe of Judah. His name means wholehearted.
Joshua’s name means Savior.
No one was ever more wholehearted than You, Lord! Enduring all You had to endure for our sake… to save us.
And there they were. On the threshold of The Promised Land — the land of The Promise.
YOU were — and are — The Promise. Emmanuel — God with us.
And so You exhorted Your people. Then… and now.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified: do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
The Hope of a Promise Made.
The Hope of a Promise Kept.
There was a song… What was it, Lord? The tune… the beat… the lyrics… stirring up the “warrior spirit” within me…
You reminded me of Deborah, leading Your people into battle. (judges 4-5)
Then, this sermon… set in Jericho… the very same place I had been, just this morning.
And this exhortation: Our generation desperately needs to recapture the difference between praying FOR and praying THROUGH.
The kind of praying that refuses to let go of Your altar until You answer, Lord. The kind of praying that intercedes until You intervene.
Because we never know when that wall is about to fall.
I have never prayed like that, Lord… not really. Are You about to teach me how?
What would it take… for me to boldly pray those kinds of prayers?
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
What is my Jericho?
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)