February 17, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1881
#2 in series
The Proper Prayer Posture
In this series we are focusing on three men who boldly and desperately went before the throne of God asking for speciï¬c answers. Today we’ll study the proper prayer posture manifested through the life of Joshua. If we are serious about being prayer warriors and intercessors, we must learn from these examples in Scripture and apply their praying to our own lives.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
Joshua is my favorite book of the Old Testament. It is packed with practical lessons on the victorious life.
One key to understanding the Old Testament is knowing what God said about it in the New Testament.
”Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” – 1 Corinthians 10:11
Last week, we ended talking about spiritual warfare and how Ephesians 6 teaches us to stand ï¬rm and pray.
I. HIS BACK STORY
Our experiences give us a greater understanding of victory than Joshua had experienced. If he could see God in the impossible situation, then we should be able to do the same. We live on this side of the cross and empty tomb. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit. Joshua didn’t have these advantages. Think about it – it had been an uphill climb for Joshua.
II. HIS EVALUATION OF THE SITUATION
III. THE EVIDENT SURRENDER OF SELF
There were moments in the Old Testament when Jesus appeared to men or women for speciï¬c reasons:
- Abraham: “the Lord appeared to Abraham” (Genesis 18)
- Jacob: “a man wrestled with him” (Genesis 32) – the angel of the Lord came to break Jacob of his scheming
- Joshua: this preincarnate appearance of Christ as the captain of the Lord’s army
The posture of prayer is: