Jehoshaphat’s Prayer

JEHOSHAPHAT’S PRAYER

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and

Do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand

Is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?”

2 Chr. 20:6 (NKJV)

Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, prayed as he awaited the enemies attack. He began by reminding the people of Judah about God’s sovereignty, power and might. The most evil dictator and their massive armies are no match for God.

As Jehoshaphat continued his prayer, he told God that they were powerless and they did not know what to do. Then he said that their eyes were upon God (v. 12). We have all been in situations where we are powerless to do anything, and we have experienced indecision. Like Judah, we must keep our eyes on God.

God responded by telling them not to fear because the battle belonged to Him. They did not have to do anything, but be still and watch God work. Jehoshaphat sent out singers praising God ahead of the army. During the singing and praising, God conquered their enemies. When they arrived they found the dead bodies of their enemies (v. 22-24). Once again, they rejoiced and praised God.

What are you battling today? God will fight your battle just like He did for Judah. Whether it is disease, grief, or persecution, He is fighting for you.

God is fighting for Christians against ISIS. They can only do what God allows them to do. We often fail to believe that God is working when we don’t understand His purposes, but today’s Christians are not facing anything different than what Jesus and His apostles faced.

Trust God to fight for you. We need to have a song on our lips as we go on the journey set before us. “Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever” (v.21).

Lord God,

Thank You for Your sovereignty, power and might. You are greater than any enemy we face including Satan. Help us focus on Your greatness and not the problems we face today as a nation and also personally. We praise You for Your great mercy! Amen!

DIG DEEPER

Read 2 Chr. 20:1-30.

HIKING THE TRAIL

On the National Day of Prayer, we can gather in groups, just like Judah did and pray. Worship God, praise and exalt Him for His greatness. Tell Him about your enemy: ISIS, Supreme Court decisions, disease, grief, depression, or whatever causes you to feel powerless today. Trust that the battle is the Lord’s and focus on Him.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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