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Prayer 

As we face a number of significant battles in prayer I think 2 Chronicles 20 is so encouraging and a timely reminder of how we should endeavour to engage in the fights that we face.

In this passage Judah is facing the prospect of an invasion from a formidable foe.  King Jehoshaphat takes his fear to the Lord and calls the people to come together in prayer. 'Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord, v 3 - 4. 

Jehoshaphat then stands before the people and prays a wonderful prayer v 5 - 13.  His prayer starts with declaration rather than the situation.  He proclaims who God is and gives thanks for God's faithfulness in the past.  God is bigger than any enemy that we face - He is on the throne! 
'Power and might are in your hand so that no one can stand against you'
However he does not ignore the reality of their situation and he lays it before the Lord.  He outlines the impending threat and their vulnerability and total dependence on God.
'For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on you!' v 12

At the same prayer meeting they receive a wonderful answer as the Spirit of the Lord comes upon Jahaziel who prophesies:-

Thus says the Lord 'Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's.... you need not fight in this battle; station yourselves and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out and face them for the Lord is with you.' v 15 - 16.

The next day as they step out trusting God the prohecy is fulfilled.  The worship team is sent out ahead of the army and as they go they sing 'Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.' The victory follows and the enemy is miraculously defeated.  

'They returned to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord made them to rejoice over their enemies.' v27

Smith Wigglesworth who was a healing evangelist (1849-1947) went through some very hard times.  He wrote, 'Great faith is a product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.  Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.

Against all the odds let's keep our eyes on the Lord and take comfort from the fact that the battle that we face is not ours but the Lord's.

So let's pray with renewed confidence!

 

Simon Clinton, 16/12/2015

 
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