This story has been quoted by many scientists to demonstrate the ignorance of Bible writers and perhaps, ” God ”. The moment we do that, we will loose sight of its lesson. Joshua was not in a science class. He was under the pressure of war. What he said to God is the same reason we pray today. He needed Gods help. Under the anointing, he told the sun to stop. One scholar says, ” Joshua had no idea that his command slowed down 6.6 sextrillion tons of spinning gravel and water to give Israel victory over her enemies. But Joshua did know something that God had revealed to him”. He knew that what he can’t do, God can. Addressing things in prayer can set millions of things into action, just to bring the answer. Don Stewart quotes Robert Boyd on the explanation of the Hebrew rendition. Here is the report: ” His command in the Hebrew language was not “Sun, stand thou still,” but “Sun, cease acting, or “Sun, stop working.” It was then that the gravitational pull of the sun affected the earth. It was then the earth began to slow down and the day was lengthened (Robert Boyd, Boyds Bible Handbook, Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 1983 p. 124)”. Jesus spoke to trees and sicknesses in the New Testament. Today speak to things, leave the scientific details to God. Just get the answers. I’ve had cause to speak to things myself, with serious results. Speak to things.
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, Until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. Joshua 10:13 KJV