by Ps Phil Pringle, Founder, C3 Church Global
When we trust God as our defence, he gives us astonishing victory.
“Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.”—2 Chronicles 20:2-4
Jehoshaphat sent worshippers to lead the army when they came against the vast and outnumbering Ammonite and Moabite armies. However, this strategy came by his seeking the Lord and calling upon the entire nation to fast and pray. People came from all around the nation to seek God together.
When Jehoshaphat was told of the impending attack of the confederation of kingdoms against his tiny Judah, he was terrified. Instead of running to other nations for help or trying to buy off the enemy, Jehoshaphat decided that his defence would be God. So he put his trust in God, and sought Him for help. The result was an astonishing victory.
The people sought God when a prophet told them to trust in the Lord and not in their army. Jehoshaphat declared they should believe the prophet, and he ordered the singers and worshippers to go out first into battle. (Jehoshaphat says that he wanted them “not to set themselves in array for fighting; but to set the priests with their trumpets, and the Levites with the singers of hymns, to give thanks to God, as having already delivered our country from our enemies”).
Jehoshaphat appointed the singers at the front as an act of faith, believing that if they honoured God first, believing the word of His prophet, they would be victorious. Strangely the Ammonites and Moabites started to fight each other, eventually destroying themselves. The Israelites simply collected the booty. All of this because Jehoshaphat decided in his day of trouble to run to God, not from Him.
Psalm of Prayer
Wisdom forced from fear,
Wisdom crying “pray”.
A king who seeks one higher than he
Inspires his nation to the same.
They fast, they pray, they ask for help.
Help they receive,
“Praise” says the King.
“We’ll war with worship.”
Divided the enemy fell,
Defeated laughably, so simply, so quickly, so easily,
It starts with prayer
Outnumbered? No matter!
Prayer, strategy, worship, victory!
Election Prayer Points
- Pray that God would rule over this election – that righteous leaders would be elected to govern this nation in truth and justice because, “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice”. Proverbs 29:2
- Pray God’s blessing upon all our current parliamentarians and leaders, including their families and all the candidates of all the parties standing for this federal election. 1 Timothy 2:1-3
- Pray for a multiplication of prayer and unity across the Body of Christ in Australia that people will wake up to the dangers facing our nation and respond in prayer. Ephesians 5:14
- Pray for a Spiritual Awakening for Australia, Revival and Transformation for our nation and the proclamation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:16
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