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A PRAYER LIKE HIS

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

2 Chronicles 20:3-12


"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said:

'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?

Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?

And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying,

If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’

And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them -

here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit.

O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.'"




I love a prayer like his.

King Jehoshaphat sought the Lord from the beginning of his reign. (2 Chronicles 17:3-6)

He knew where his help came from.

He knew that all of his earthly shields, made by the kingdom's finest craftsmen, could not compare to the Shield of the Lord God.

So, when he found himself facing what was deemed an impossible, overwhelming, brutal attack - he knew WHO to turn to.





Here's a short of what was happening :

  • The Lord blessed King Jehoshaphat because of his faithfulness.

  • Even when appointing judges over sections of the land, he said, "Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for mere mortals but for the Lord, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the Lord be on you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery."

  • There came some nations who decided to wage war on king Jehoshaphat.

  • Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, "a vast army is coming against you" (2 Cron 20:2)

  • He quickly called the people to fast and pray. And people from every town came together to seek help from the Lord.

  • He prayed. He reminded God of all He had done. His provision and His protection.

  • And he ended his prayer in the best way:


God came right to where Jehoshaphat was and said (vs 15): "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's."



Put those two parts together.

  • "Lord! We don't know what to do! But we choose to look to YOU."

  • "The battle is NOT OURS but is God's."



🧎‍♂️ A prayer like his is when you know that you shouldn't do anything without the Lord.

🧎‍♂️ A prayer like his is when, in your fear, you look up, keep your gaze fixed, and surrender before God so that God can cause the enemy to surrender before you.

🧎‍♂️ A prayer like his is not only taking account of yourself but also LEADING those around you to trust the Lord God, despite your personal fears, because it's not about you and what you can do - it's about God and what He can do.

🧎‍♂️ A prayer like his admits that you have no power in yourself - you don't know what to do - but you will keep your heart and mind FIXED on the Lord.







Lord, let me learn from others who have been faithful under trial.

Let me continue to look at You - especially when an intimidating attack arises directly in front of me.

Lord, help me to always remember what You have done so I can look forward to what You will do.

I trust Your steps, God, as the enemy tries to deter me and as my vision is blurred and I am, at times, blinded by fear or feelings.

What is unknown to me is already known to You.

And I praise You for that.

In Jesus' beautiful name I pray and give glory.

Amen.




Keep going.

Love always, Sarah Jane



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