God gave very specific battle plans to Joshua, and Joshua obeyed them to the letter! It might seem to be a foolish sort of battle plan, walking around a walled city, day after day, trumpets blowing, but people not speaking a Word. But on that Seventh Day, when the order was given to “shout!” Shout they did! And the walls fell down flat! Victory! Jericho fell and God received the glory!
In another instance,, self-confidence took over Joshua’s heart. Though Joshua was told by God to make no alliances with any of the people groups, one group, the people of Gideon, initiated their plan to fool Joshua with appearing to not be of the local tribes, which they were, but instead they said that they were from a far country and unfamiliar with the territory; they lied! The fact that Joshua did not fall on his knees and inquire of the Lord, but made his own decision severely cost the Israelites in the years that followed. What a trouble we make for ourselves when we do not seek the Lord!
Christian, when will you begin to pray as you ought to pray? When will you read the Word so that you become intimately acquainted with the character and nature of the Lord? When will you quit playing church and become “white hot” for God and His plan for your life? Do you have battles in your life? If your answer is “Yes!” Then lukewarm will not do! In fact, lukewarm is not what Christianity is at all! No one can do what you can do! Let the Lord into your heart and soul! Seek Him while He may be found! The war rages! What you CAN DO, do! And God will do the rest!P.S. You will respond to this article in one of two ways: you will become a prayer warrior for the Lord and His will, or you will go on your own way, doing your own thing, and remain in apathy and discouragement! Remember, God never loses a battle! He is the Great Commander and has ALL things in His Hands!