Because of the Lord’s great love we are not
consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are
new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
As we pray, it’s like we are walking around walls…circling our prodigals in prayer. But as the words of the song Do It Again say, “Walking around these walls, I thought by now they’d fall”, that’s how we feel at times.
Last week, we talked about how Moses reminded the people of God’s faithfulness to them during their years of wandering through the desert. I see this as a strategic move on Moses’ part. It would be important for the Israelites to remember God’s faithfulness to them in the past as they began this new and scary journey into Canaan. I believe that they went in with a confidence that God would do it again because they were remembering His faithfulness. And soon after they entered Canaan, the promised land, and were told Jericho would be given to them, I think they believed God would do it! They were remembering how God had been faithful in the past. When they were instructed to walk around the walls of Jericho once a day for six days and on the seventh day, walk around the walls seven times in order to see the walls fall, I can picture them remembering how God had kept His promises as they had wandered through the wilderness. As they were walking each day and it probably seemed like an eternity, the thing that sustained them was remembering God’s faithfulness. On the seventh day, they were most likely full of anticipation knowing that they only had to do what God had told them to do (even if it didn’t make sense to them) and trust God to do what He said He would do. Then the moment of truth came. They had completed the seventh lap with the trumpets playing the whole time. They were eagerly waiting for the long blast that would signal them to start shouting and they would finally see the Lord doing it again. And that’s exactly what happened. When they shouted the walls came down.
As you wait for your walls to fall (for your loved ones to return to the Lord), recall God’s faithfulness to you in the past. Write it down, speak it out loud, sing it, pray it back to God, or put up a reminder of some sort…whatever will help you to remember how He has been faithful to you. Let it strengthen you in the Lord. Ask Him to do it again!
Father, as we remember Your faithfulness to us, of how You have moved mountains in the past, let it strengthen us and keep our hope alive for what we are waiting for now! We love You, Lord and we believe we will see You do it again! As we wait for the change to come, we hold on to the truth that the battle has already been won. You are our confidence! We trust You! You have never failed us yet. And this will not last forever! We have seen You move in the past and we know that You will move again and are working even now! Bring __________ back to You. He/She knew You once. Just like Moses reminded the Israelites of how You had been faithful to them, bring someone into _________ life to remind him/her of the things You have done before. I pray __________ will remember a time when You were faithful to him/her and dare to hope You will do it again! Even when we don’t see a way, You do! The Israelites couldn’t see how walking around the walls of Jericho and shouting and trumpets playing would cause walls to crumble, but when they did what You told them to do, You crumbled those walls! We believe You will do it again for us! Thank You, Lord! You are enough! You are all we need.