God Has Heard and Answered

Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. (2 Chronicles 20:3)

When the Ammonites and the Moabites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat set his face to seek the Lord. And all the people of Judah gathered together with Jehoshaphat to seek God in fasting and prayer. Jehoshaphat prayed in the midst of the people and cried out to God for help. Then the spirit of the Lord came upon the Levite who prophesied to the people according to God’s response to their cry. ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

He gave further instructions concerning what the Lord had commanded the people to do and declared that God had given them the victory and that they did not need to fight in the battle but that God would fight on their behalf. The people rejoiced and gave glory to God because he had heard their prayers and had sent an answer to their request. (2 Chronicles 20:18-19)

Such was their confidence in God that although they had not seen the physical manifestations of victory, that a word from his prophet was enough to calm their fears. They worshipped and praised God in advance because they knew that God would do what he had said.

God has heard your request and he has heard the cry of your heart. When you set yourself to seek God in prayer and fasting he is ready to give an answer. His answer is that the battle belongs to him and he has given us the victory. We lift our hands in praise and worship to our God because we have confidence in what he has said. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. (2 Chronicles 20:17) Now we lift our hands in worship and offer to God our praise.

A.P.-Y.

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