Positions of Prayer – Part 3, Falling On Our Face Before God # 2

Positions of Prayer – Part 3

Falling On Our Face Before God # 2

By Pastor Bill

Last week we looked at the significance of falling on our face before God. We saw that the significance of falling on our face was that we are in the presence of a holy God. This week I want to share another passage on falling on our faces before God. The text comes out of Joshua 7:5-11. The men of Ai had struck down the Israelites and so the hearts of the people melted. Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord. In verse 10, the Lord tells Joshua to rise up and asks him why he has fallen on his face. The Lord goes on to tell Joshua that Israel had sinned.

(Joshua 7:5-11)  “And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six of their men, and pursued them from the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down on the descent, so the hearts of the people melted and became as water. {6} 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. {7} And Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord GOD, why didst Thou 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! {8} “O Lord, what can I say since Israel has turned their back before their enemies? {9} “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 wilt Thou do for Thy great name?” {10} So the LORD said to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? {11} “Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things.”

The Holy Spirit spoke to me in the middle of the night last week about this passage. He gave me understanding about why the Lord told Joshua to get up off the ground. The key is in verse 12. The Lord tells Joshua that He would not be with him anymore until they destroy the things under the ban from their midst. Joshua was used to falling on his face in the presence of the Lord before the ark of the Lord. When the contraband was taken and Israel was defeated, Joshua fell down before the ark, but the presence of the Lord was not there. The Lord is telling him that it is I Surrender Alluseless to fall on his face when He and His presence are not there. And, the Lord’s presence was not going to be with him until they destroyed the things under the ban. Joshua and Israel stoned Achan, his family, and his livestock, and burned them with fire. They were radical in their response, because they were zealous for God and His presence to be with them.

Father, make us a people who are willing to remove things in our lives that are against Your word and Your ways. Help us to be radical in eliminating things, so that Your presence will be with us. Help us not to worship in vain. May we fall on our faces before You because Your presence is with us. Amen.


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