Full Contact


Prayer can be a full-contact sport. Joshua laid face down on the ground, tore his clothes, and threw dust on his head to convey his distress to God.

Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord God, why did You ever bring this people over the Jordan, only to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? If only we had been willing to dwell beyond the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say since Israel has turned their back before their enemies? For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?”

Whatever you want to bring to God in prayer, try something different—lay down on your face while you pray. Then stay there and listen for a while.

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