The book of Joshua is quickly becoming my favorite book. In chapter 2 we meet Rahab. She is usually referred to as a woman of great faith. We learn a lot about God’s pursuit and love for us through her. But we can also see an amazing picture of the power of intercession.
In the story, Rahab hides and protects two spies from being found out by the wicked King of Jericho. She helps them leave the city by using a scarlet cord to lower them down the city walls to safety. Rahab pleas with the men that they show kindness to her and her family and not destroy them when they take the city. These spies make a promise to spare her life AND the life of her entire family.
Vs 12 ““Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them and they you will save us from death.”
Don’t miss this!!!! She pleaded for the lives of her family!!!!
The story continues by the spies agreeing to save them. They instruct her to hang the scarlet cord from her window so that they will know that is where she is and death will pass her house.
Y’all know I love a good parallel to the cross. This is another beautiful picture of salvation that is offered through Jesus’ blood on the cross. The red cord represents salvation and rescue! Death passed over her house and they are all saved.
Rahab created space in her life where her faith in God could intervene. In this instance, it saved her entire family. She knew the God of these spies to be the God of Heaven and Earth.
Another HUGE aspect that can easily be overlooked is the fact that God Saved Rahab!! Let’s not read over this too quickly. She is a woman in ancient times and isn’t valued in the eyes of anyone. She is also a known prostitute. It would be very very very easy to write Rahab off as hopeless or a lost cause. Rahab would easily be a person that we wouldn’t waste prayers on because she is simply “too far gone.”
This really made me think about the people and situations that I have simply thrown to the side because my heart viewed them as lost causes. Thank you Rahab for reminding me that the Lord God I serve is the God in heaven above and on all the earth below.
The word melted stuck out to me in this story of Rahab. Js 2:11 says” when we hear of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you. Vs 24 says that all the people are melting in fear because of us.
These people weren’t melting because of the men. They were melting because of the power of the God of these men. The men were simply His people. Rahab was His people. I am His people. Anyone in Christ is His people. When you carry Christ with you, your prayers have the power to Melt away all things.
I have seen the power of intercession countless times over the last few years and it keeps me awe of God’s faithfulness. If you want an active life with God, have an active prayer life.
So who are you praying for? What situation have you tossed aside as hopeless? Who have you put in the category of “lost cause?” Are you allowing space in your life to pray for the lives of others? Who have we written off as too far gone??
Jesus died on the cross. His blood ran red to save us. So when you pray, pray for people to be saved! Pray for God to melt away anything that is keeping someone from walking in truth. Pray with the confidence that you are praying to the God of Heaven and all the Earth who loves you enough to make a way for rescue.
Another excellent example of the power of intercession is found Luke 5 when a paralytic’s friends had so much faith Jesus could heal him, they lowered him in from the roof. Luke 5:20 says that when Jesus saw his friends’ faith, His sins were forgiven. Jesus saw the faith of his friends. His friends interceded for Him and the man was healed and his sins forgiven.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank for you always being our rescuer. Father, help us to be compassionate for the needs of others and pray for them. I pray that every eye who reads this sees you for being a God to cares. Help us seek you as the God who melts away all things that aren’t good. Please continue to change our hearts, Lord as we continue to seek you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.