January: Pray-er from the Past, Joshua

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January: Pray-er from the Past, Joshua

Joshua

  • Numbers 13:16…Hosea, son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim, was born in Egypt as a slave.  His name was later changed to Joshua by Moses.  Joshua (Yeshua in Hebrew) means “the Lord is Salvation.”
  • Numbers 13-14…Joshua along with Caleb was two of the men chosen by, at the Lord’s command, to explore the land of Canaan.  Angry because the Israelites believed the false report of the other 10 spies, God sent them into the wilderness to wander for 40 years.  Joshua and Caleb were the only 2 of the spies to survive.
  • Numbers 27:18…At the request of Moses, God chose Joshua to succeed Moses as the leader of the Israelites after his death.  Joshua was described by God as “a man in whom is the Spirit.”
  • Numbers 32:12…Joshua described by God as “one who followed the Lord wholeheartedly.”
  • Deuteronomy 34:9…Joshua was “filled with the Spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him.”

What can we learn from the prayers of Joshua?

  1. The Lord will be with us.  His promise to Joshua “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5) was stated again for all who believe as Jesus promised the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for all those who love and obey Him. (John 14:15—17)  God’s command to Joshua to “be strong and courageous” was followed by His promise “for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)  “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalms 9:10.
  2. To be prosperous and successful, we must have His Word in our mouth.  God told Joshua to “meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” (Joshua 1:8)  “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalms 19:14
  3. We are to listen for God’s Words to us and be obedient.  Throughout the Book of Joshua, we read “the Lord said to Joshua.” Obedience, faith and dependence on God led Joshua to becoming one of Israel’s strongest leaders.  Like us today, Joshua, had many other voices he could have followed, but he chose to follow God faithfully.  His life of obedience to the voice of God is a bold example for us today.
  4. Sometimes the hardest thing for us to do is let God have His Way.  Think about the instructions given to Joshua in Chapter 6: Keep your mouths shut, walk around in circles as I direct and watch me work.  After his encounter with the Commander of the army of the Lord (Jesus), Joshua could only feel he was marching in victory toward Jericho if he only obeyed!
  5. We are to take a stand on who we will serve.  Not only was Joshua faithful to follow the commands and guidance given to him by the Lord, but he also took a bold stand for himself and his family.  “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) This can only be a challenge to us today. Romans 6:16 states, “you are slave to the one whom you obey.”

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.”  Joshua 24:15

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