Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible By Steven Furtick
I picked up this book because my pastor had recommended it one Sunday at church. I made a note of the title in my Bible and then forgot about it for about a year. More recently I came across that note twice, and I was done reading some of the other books that had piled up, so I decided to take the plunge and buy it.
Boy, am I glad I did! The timing of God doesn’t cease to amaze me, and I am certain that he has been preparing me to read this book so I can strategically pray for the things that he wants to do here through me and the people around me.
First, let me say that Furtick’s writing is simple, profound, and starts like a racehorse out of the gate – full tilt. He tells many stories of the amazing things God has done through his church (one of the fastest-growing in the nation) through his friends, and through him. He compelled me to want more of God’s power in my life, not so I can gain some fame, but so I can be part of the things God is already doing, and what he wants to be doing. I don’t want to miss out on God’s plan for humankind, so I need to pray to get in on the action.
Furtick also has a very simple way of breaking down Bible stories to get at some of the often-overlooked details that help us understand how to emulate the faith-in-action of the Bible’s giants of faith. His basic Biblical instruction is so simple, so complete, and so do-able that anyone- spiritual babies and ancients alike- can understand and practice the powerful prayer he describes.
I became really excited to practice the radical (he calls it “audacious”) prayer that is the precursor to all the supernatural actions of God here on the earth. I want to delve into the world of earth-shaking, sun-halting prayer in my own life, and see what God decides to do. Even as I was reading I prayed some Sun Stand Still prayers (Furtick explains this in the book) that I’d not ever verbalized.
To further applaud Furtick’s writing, I appreciated his straightforward handling of the tough issues, like lack of faith, when God decides to say ‘no’ to our prayers, and the difficulties we are sure to face as we begin to pray these no-holds-barred prayers. He also clarifies the often-muddied waters of our own responsibilities to do as much as humanly possible of the “natural” in “supernatural”, letting God do the rest.
As a result of reading this book, I now have a clear strategy for prayer (as opposed to praying willy-nilly and mindlessly as I hate to admit I often do) and how I will be really engaging in it from here on out. I sincerely believe any and every Christian should read this if they don’t see much supernatural action in their lives. I, for one, want God to be here for everyone to see!