Sunday, April 24, 2016
Beseechings of a Child
I love the story of Jehoshaphat's prayer in 2 Chronicles 20.
Jerusalem was under attack from 3 armies. Seemingly hopeless situation.
The King stood at the temple before all the people and prayed. He acknowledged the peril. He reminded the Lord of promises to protect and prosper the offspring of faithful Abraham. He prayed in the Holy Place as King Solomon had mandated in an earlier great prayer...
And then he spoke in all simplicity "Lord we do not know what to do; nevertheless our eyes are upon you." Did this sound like a leader and a force in arms?
Shortly thereafter a prophet spoke the will of the Lord and something like this: 'You will not have to fight this battle. It is the Lord's battle. Stand still and see.'
The following morning armed men followed their King out to the expected place of combat...but worshiping and praising. The Lord had sent ambushments and had confused the enemies into self-annihilation.
Great was the spoil and great was the glory to God.
Is it likely that we would humble ourselves in like fashion when the emergency comes? Or would we utter all the fancy and formulaic petitions or simply roll it all over as Pastor's ball to carry?
I am convinced that if the simplest and lowliest member of Jehoshaphat's kingdom had uttered those words of prayer in similar heart before the people, the outcome would have been the same.
So, let's pray believers...honestly and to an all-capable Father.