Read Hebrews 11:30.
After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, the Israelites finally reached the Promised Land. It was necessary to capture the city of Jericho. God told Joshua, “I have delivered Jericho into your hands along with its king and its fighting men.” From God’s point of view, the victory had already been won. God then instructed Joshua to have the army circle the city of Jericho seven times every day for seven days. When they’d circled for the seventh time on the seventh day Joshua cried, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!”
The Israelites obeyed the Lord's commands, and in the end — when the walls came crashing down — it was clear the enemy had been defeated. Today we have a similar assurance: when Jesus arose from the grave, he declared victory over death, and our ultimate enemy was defeated. We may face challenges and battles in our lives, but none as big as that one. We can now move forward with the assurance that our battle has ultimately been won.
Leading up to the takeover of Jericho, a prostitute named Rahab who lived in the city took a risk, courageously hiding two Hebrew spies in her house and protecting them from being captured. In return for her kindness, God took care of her and her family. God often uses people you and I might overlook or reject; Jesus was called “the friend of sinners.”
Who has God used to declare victory in your life? Who saw beyond your current circumstances and inspired you to believe you could rise above them? Who needs you to look past their brokenness and see their potential today?
On this last day of our prayer journey, let’s end it with a prayer of victory. As followers of Jesus, we can “shout” because God has already given us the victory.
As we end our 21 days of prayer together, make a list of the people who have been part of your faith journey, the people who encouraged you and believed in you when you didn’t believe in yourself, and the people who have prayed for you and shared the love of Jesus with you. Thank God for them.