Persist in Prayer and Obedience

The Israelites prayed for direction. God told them what to do. They did what He said. They were defeated.

They asked for direction again, this time through tears.  They obeyed again and were defeated again.

They asked a third time, with weeping, fasting and offerings. This time the Lord said, “Go! Tomorrow I will hand [your enemy] over to you.”

They went and were victorious. (Read this story in Judges 20.)

Pray your way to victory, even if it takes a long time.

Wanting Love

 We are loved. God showed his great love for us by sending Christ. He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:8,5).

God wants us to love Him. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30).

Praying is a way to love God.

How Joshua prayed after defeat

After the victory at Jericho, the Israelites were soundly defeated at Ai. Joshua prayed, “O Sovereign Lord, why? Lord, what can I say now? What will happen to the honor of your great name? (from Joshua 7:7-9).

The Lord answered, “Israel has sinned. Command the people to purify themselves. The guilty one must be punished (from Joshua 7:10-15).”

Be ready to confess sin when you pray.

Consult the Lord

There’s a Bible story that tells what happened when the Israelites forgot to pray. They did not ask for the counsel of the Lord, and they were deceived (from Joshua 9:1-27).

It’s a good reminder to consult the Lord about everything.

Pray: We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You (2 Chronicles 20:12).