The nation of Israel is faced with disaster. They are scared to death as a they are faced with a "vast army" coming against them. Maybe you feel that way about a situation in your own life today. Jehoshaphat's first response (love that) was "to inquire of the Lord". He led the people to fast and pray. Look at the ingredients of his prayer:
- He committed the situation to God knowing the situation was totally outside of his control. Only God could do what needed to be done.
- He sought God's favor because the people in need here were God's very own people.
- He acknowledged God's sovereignty over the current situation. The results were up to Him.
- He praised God's glory and took comfort in His promises. Our covenant God is faithful to His word.
- He expressed complete dependence on God and not on himself for the deliverance of God's people.
I love the way his prayer ends,
"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you."
I don't know what you may be facing today. Maybe the devil is hot on your heels. If not, we all know someone who he's beating down on. We must do what Jehoshaphat did and take the situation, take your friend to the only one who has the answers our heart cries out for - Jesus. He knows your hurt. He knows your need. And the best news of all is He will answer.