Written by Danielle Hage
Joshua 6:1-5 (NKJV)
Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then all of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.
The story of Jericho is a story of victory, triumph and an answer to a 440-year-old prayer. God told Joshua to circle the city seven times and on the seventh time, the walls fell down. This story is a promise that prayers never die and prayers never expire! God was in control the entire time and when the people started to circle the city, pray, and couple their faith with God’s, the battle was won on Earth, even though the battle was really won before it was even fought by the power of God.
REFLECT and RESPOND
What are areas of your life that are challenging, or are your “Jericho”? Circle those areas of your life by writing them and circling them, circling them with your prayers and physically circling them by walking or driving around them. For example, walk around your house and pray for your family. Drive around your city and pray for God to use you to do a great work in the city. Give God the triumph over your challenges by enlarging the circle of faith and prayers around your “Jericho’s”. The biggest tragedy in life is not unanswered prayers, but prayers that are unasked.
Previously, you learned that when you fast, you are allowing God to reveal things about you that you may have not seen before. Have your eyes been opened to these things in your life that may cause challenges because of personal preference or personalities that don’t necessarily align with God’s image of you? Pray for God to do a great work in you and give you the strength to fight back, and Him to win the battles through you. If your prayers are not impossible for you–they are insulting to God. Don’t be afraid to pray BIG prayers. Respond in the comments below.
We recommend you keep a journal of your personal responses to questions posed in each of the daily devotionals so you can meditate not only during the first 21 days during your prayer time, but you can reflect throughout the entire year to be able to see how God has really moved on your behalf in 2016 and you have record of your testimony.