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Read 2 Chronicles 20: 1-28

A vast army had come up to fight against Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah. The first thing we see Jehoshaphat doing is calling the people to fast and pray. He starts his prayer, not by reciting to God the dilemma they were in, nor expressing his alarm, but by declaring the character of his God.

‘ O Lord, God of our fathers are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hands and no one can withstand you.’ v 6-7

Jehoshaphat started his prayer by stating who it is he is praying to – the God who is unstoppable and rules over all. As he reminds himself and the people of Judah who God is, he is able to then express complete trust in God to deliver them, ‘We do not know what to do but our eyes are upon you.’  v12 

The people of Judah ended the prayer session, not in fear, but on their faces in worship praising God ‘with a very loud voice’  v 18-19

Read to the end of the chapter to see how God answered that prayer of faith and trust in a powerful way.

Pray today for yourself or someone in the church family dealing with a difficult or overwhelming situation:

  • Speak out who God is –  you could use Psalms like 144, 111, 103 and 93 to help you
  • Speak out what he has already done in your life and in the lives of others
  • Speak out God’s promises given through Scripture or prophetically
  • Tell God that your eyes are on Him and Him alone – that you will trust him completely
  • Listen for his voice of encouragement
  • Praise him even before you see the answer
- Mary Frankwick
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