Today’s Old Testament lesson is a wonderful account for the Christian season of Lent. King Jehoshaphat and Judah were facing the terrible circumstance of war. They were about to be attacked. So, the king admitted his fear, sought the Lord for help, and proclaimed a national fast for everyone in Judah. The king prayed, God answered, and Judah put together a praise team and a worship gathering to go before the army because they believed God was good for his word and would deliver them as he said.
King Jehoshaphat’s prayer was deeply felt and sincere in its belief that God could and would answer. The meat of the prayer was this: “O our God we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” Now this is the kind of prayer that God delights to answer! It was a prayer born of great need and desperation – a prayer upholding the name of God and discerning that unless he showed up, all would be lost.
The foundational basis of all prayer to God is the recognition that we do not know what to do, other than look to the Lord. We pray because we desperately need God to show up and do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We cry out to God in our affliction and believe that he will hear and save. Afterwards, we are to stand firm, hold our position, and see the salvation from God on our behalf. If we need some inspiration for prayer, and find ourselves in need of some faith to believe what God can do, then take the time to carefully and prayerfully read these verses. Let prayer arise to the God of deliverance, and transform pressure into praise.
God Almighty, you rule over all the nations of the earth. In your hand are power and might, so that none are able to withstand you. My eyes are fixed on looking for you to act on my behalf so that I might declare that your steadfast love endures forever, through Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen.