Steven Furtick — A New Way To Pray
When you dare to ask God for the impossible, sun stand still... Well, if you have a Bible with you today would you turn to Joshua chapter 10 verses 7 through 15. Joshua chapter 10 verses 7 through 15. In my Bible I keep a note every time I preach a sermon. And I highlight the passage that I preached from the thought behind it is. One day I'll give this Bible to one of my sons and it'll be kind of a roadmap of where we've been as a church together. And I don't know if you've ever noticed, but I preached from a real big Bible. I feel like maybe it gives it a little bit more weight and it's got some great study notes in it.
And I kind of document the different things that God does on certain days, like two weeks ago when 581 people gave their lives to Jesus — I wrote that down in my Bible, by the passage that I preached. I always want to remember that, I never want to forget, 581 people given their lives to Christ, is really special.
Well right above this passage, where God makes the Sun stand still that I'm going to read to you today, I have the date, when we did our first Sun standstill series at the church, three years ago. It was a few months before that, that I read this miracle for the first time. I guess it had always been in the Bible, I suppose, but it was the first time I ever really saw it for what it was. And I fell in love with this concept immediately and it meant so much to me. I knew I was gonna preach a series about it, I did not know that it would eventually become the organizing metaphor and the central subject of my first book and I had no idea that it would become one of the most defining series that we've ever had in our church.
There were about 2500 people coming to Elevation, we've almost tripled in size since then, but I still remember the testimonies that started coming in after I preached the "Sun standstill" message the first time of couples who were on the edge of divorce, and God restored their marriage. Children who are far from God and God brought him back home. Of people who needed a financial breakthrough and God showed up in a major way. Couples who struggled with infertility and who had gotten bitter with God who became pregnant or decided to adopt, but one way or another became parents for the first time. On and on and on and on, I could go. Our church has seen God make the Sun stand still.
And it is such an honor to be able to share this message with you, however it's a challenge, because I've shared it now for the last three years all over this country, and really I guess you could say even preaching it in Africa all over the world. And I've written a book about it, and I won't say I'm tired of it, but it can become difficult to keep it fresh. And I knew that I could come up for the next four weeks and talk to you about Sun Stand Still without ever studying or praying about it because I've done it so much, but I wanted to give it to you in a fresh way. I wanted to be able to speak from my heart, and I wanted to be able to give you something new, because you are my first priority, before I care about selling books or speaking at conferences, I care about this church.