A Prayer for Help!

Stanton Petersen on Jan 20, 2020

When we don’t know what to do in life, we are in a place of needing help. One thing is for sure, we have all been in this place. The situation may be regarding finances, relationships, health, addictions or some spiritual nature. The sense of helplessness we experience often brings with it fear and powerlessness. We become afraid because we don’t have the ability to fix it. This is exactly how King Jehoshaphat of Judah felt when a crisis was suddenly at his door. Scripture tells us in 2 Chronicles 20 that a massive army consisting of Moabites and Ammonites with some Meunites were approaching to invade the kingdom of Judah. Jehoshaphat was overwhelmed and powerless against this massive army and didn’t know what to do. He needed help!

As I read this story, the question that popped into my mind was “Who do I turn to first when I am in need of help?” Do I turn immediately to the enemy and become angry with him for putting me in this situation? Do I blame others for the circumstances I’m in and develop an unforgiving heart towards them? Or do I turn to my friends and family for help and support? When they don’t give me what I need, do I become frustrated with them too? Is it them that I look to for my source of comfort and strength in times of trouble? Or do I turn to myself? Do I blame myself for the situation at hand and thus develop anxiety, depression and fear? These often breed thoughts of “Is God still with me?” “Does He still care for me?”

What I find encouraging about the Jehoshaphat story is that he didn’t turn first to his enemy, nor his friends and family, nor himself. Rather, Jehoshaphat turned to God for help. What’s even more remarkable is that it wasn’t only Jehoshaphat that turned to God, but it was all of Judah! It is in this story that we see the kingdom of Judah and King Jehoshaphat turn to God in prayer, in expectation, in believing God’s word, and in praise. When they turned to God for help, God came through for them beyond their expectations. God not only defeated the massive army but also blessed Judah with the spoils (goods, clothing and precious things) of the war. It was so much that the people couldn’t carry it all.

Like Jehoshaphat and Judah, let us too, turn to God for help and not be afraid or discouraged; for the battle is not ours but God’s.

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