Prayer is talking to God. Much like talking to an earthly father, there are many good reasons to talk to God.
We pray to share with God how we feel. We pray to be close to him and confess to him. We pray to worship and thank him. We ask him for what we need. And like Joshua, we ask the Eternal King to do great works on earth to complete his purposes.
When Joshua was serving God’s purpose by fighting the Amorites, he prayed that the sun would stand still to give him more daylight. It happened!
The writer of this part of the Bible is amazed—but not so much because God could make the sun stand still. He’s most amazed that Almighty God listened to the prayer of a man: “There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a man” (Joshua 10:14).
There is one other man to whom Almighty God always listens. Jesus is in heaven at God’s right hand, pleading for us (Romans 8:34). God’s answer to Jesus is always “yes.”
We who belong to Jesus know that because of him we are accepted as God’s children. We too may speak with God, and he will listen. Isn’t that amazing?!