The King’s Prayer
2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV)
O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.
The prayer that King Jehoshaphat prayed in 2 Chronicles 20:6-12, I believe has been a prayer that not many have uttered, some might even think that he was questioning and doubting God’s ability! However, as we take a deeper look into the prayer that this king prayed when Israel’s enemies were upon her in a far greater magnitude than her own army could handle, we realize that it takes on a very different tone and from it we can learn a couple of things that we can apply into our everyday lives, especially when we are faced with situations that seem to get us stuck or when circumstances seem to go completely downhill and against us. Indeed, from King Jehoshaphat’s prayer, we can clearly see that there are three main actions to take if we want to experience the victory that God has long granted us when His Son bore our sins on the cursed tree.
First and foremost, King Jehoshaphat started off his prayer in a way that not many of us do nowadays, and also throughout the records of the Bible, I think it is rare that there are people that prayed the way King Jehoshaphat did. He began by ‘questioning’ God, saying things like “Are you not the God…?” and “O our God, did you not…?” If we were to take all these ‘questions’ at face value, it might seem like he was doubting God’s might and power, but the fact is that the king thought exactly otherwise. The reason he asked all these questions was so that he could proclaim the things that God did for them in the past, to serve as a reminder for his people and for himself that God had been faithful throughout time itself, He had never gone back on His Word and He never would. Thus, the very first thing you should do when faced with an obstacle of any sort is to remember and to constantly remind yourself that God is good and He is faithful. If He has seen you through the storms of life all the previous times in your life, He sure can do the exact same thing for this storm though it might appear bigger than any other you have faced. After all, whether the storm seems big or not should not matter to us, because we aren’t supposed to rely on our own strength to clear it up, but to depend and rely on God, who holds limitless power that can turn any situation around.
The second and third thing to do usually come hand in hand, and that is to stand on God’s Word and to surrender the situation and yourself unto His Hands. King Jehoshaphat knew God would not allow such great harm to happen to Israel and He firmly stood upon the Word that was given to him. As much as we pray and use God’s Word in our prayers, it’s really more about us declaring His promises to the world and to our situations, even to ourselves, so that we can bring the victory given to us from the spiritual realm into the physical. Of course, all these have to come with surrender. Not only do we have to surrender our situations, we have to do the same with our lives. There is no such thing as partial obedience, it is an absolute word and so we have to allow God to work in every area of our lives to effect that victory in our lives. Most importantly, remember to keep seeking and actively listen to His Voice, and just as the king concluded in his prayer in 2 Chronicles 20:12, “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” Let these be the words that fill our prayer today.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in the midst of our desperation and situations, You have already ensured and assured us of the victory because of the price that You paid through Your Beloved Son. We thank You Father, that it is not because of what we have done or what we did not do that made us deserve all the love You’ve shown us, but because of the blood of the Lamb that was shed for the sake of our redemption. Lord, we thank You that the power of Your Mighty Spirit dwells within each and every one of us. Today, we want to declare victory into the battles of our lives that look hopeless, we want to declare and enthrone You as the King of our lives. Father, take the rightful place in our lives and in our hearts and may You be seated on the throne of our hearts forevermore. Thank You Father, In Jesus’ Most Mighty Name we pray, Amen.