Thursday, May 30, 2013

Morning by Morning, May 30 - The Day the Sun Stood Still

Good morning, Lord Jesus. Put Your thoughts in my mind and Your desires in my heart. Make me more like You today.  ...

"On the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the Lord; and he said in the sight of Israel, 'Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, n the valley of Aijalon.' And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.... There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded a human voice; for the Lord fought for Israel" (Joshua 10:12-14).

On the longest day of history, "Joshua spoke to the Lord" in prayer and then Joshua spoke to the sun with authority. As the Son of Man, You spoke to the Father in prayer and then spoke to the sea with authority (Mark 4:39). As the children of God, You invite us to seek Your face and Your will in prayer and then speak to the mountains with authority (Mathew 17:20). Your Word even declares to us, "Nothing will be impossible for you" (Matthew 17:20).

In the communion of prayer, we hear what our Father is saying and see what our Father is doing (John 5:19).  And from the place of prayer, we move into the place of authority by the power of Your Spirit and the authority of Your name (Luke 9:1-2). Apart from You we can do nothing, but never have to be apart from You. And with Your life abiding in us and our life abiding in Yours, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

We are never to presume upon Your power. We never to foolishly squander the gift of faith. But You have created us and called us to take our place and position as children of God and disciples of Christ to actively participate with You in the advance of Your Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. In Your sovereignty You've chosen to even entrust the power of the life and death in our tongues (Proverbs 18:21). You invite us to speak to You in prayer and speak to the earth with authority (Matthew 16:18-19). "The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; but the earth He has given to the children of men" (Psalm 115:16, KJV).

With humility before You in prayer and boldness before You in faith, may the Body and Bride of Christ understand and employ the authority You've entrusted to us. "For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.... We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves...." (Romans 8:19-23). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

My Friend,  may you know the heart of God expressed through your prayers and the authority of God expressed through your words, in submission to His perfect will and ways through your life. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend! 

Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257