The aim of this passage is to cause us to learn how God helped Joshua defeat the 5 Amorites kings who had attacked Gibeon.
Prayer is bringing ourselves to submission to God; it is asking God to reveal and do His own will.
When the king of Jerusalem heard how the Israelites had taken Ai and destroyed it just like they had done to Jericho and that the Gibeonites had made peace with Isreal, he was filled with terror and dread. He was afraid of the Israelite and Gibeonites because Gibeon was a great city and its men were fierce warriors. The king of Jerusalem sent messengers to the kings of Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon telling them to help him attack Gibeon.
The five kings were all Amorites. They gathered their armies and went to wage war against Gibeon. The people of sent word to Joshua to come quickly and help them and Joshua responded by coming to help them. God reassured Joshua not to fear the Amorites because God had caused their defeat at the hand of Joshua.
Joshua and the Israelites marched through the night and so were able to surprise the Amorites. Israel beat the Amorites and the Amorites fled. As the Amorites were fleeing, God caused great hailstones to fall on them and more of the Amorites died from hail than were killed in battle.
On this day Joshua asked God not to let the sun set until the Amorites were destroyed and God made it that the sun did not set and remained in the sky for a whole day. There was no other day that God listened to the voice of a man.
Psalms 115:3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
How have you lifted your will up to God in prayer in the past? How could you change so that you lift God’s will in prayer?