Topic: Victory Through Prayer And Praise [Friday August 25, 2017]
Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-19
Key Verse: “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (2 Chronicles 20:3).
Dwight L. Moody was not educated. His letters were full of grammatical errors. His physical appearance was not all that good. His voice and tone were very irritating. But these handicaps did not prevent God from using him to shake two continents at his own time.
True to the foregoing is a replica of character in today’s text – King Jehoshaphat. In this passage, Judah did not do anything to provoke the attack from their enemies. The children of Moab and the children of Ammon, combined with Mount Seir to fight Judah. Jehoshaphat resorted to a warfare of prayer and praise, and sought God’s intervention. He defeated his enemies because God was on his side. At times, you could find yourself in such a situation as this. If it does not happen to an individual, it could happen to a family, a church or a nation. Sometimes, the people you trusted or relied upon may turn against you, rallying forces and wars against you.
Some institutions may close their doors against you. What we do at such a time matters? We should be able to plead our cause before God. If we are in a good relationship with Him, if we have not done anything to warrant the upsurge of the enemies against our lives, families, church or nation, God will come to our defence. King Jehoshaphat could intercede on behalf of Judah before God, knowing fully that their hearts were in a good condition with God. In times of problems, it is not only the leaders that should come to God. All the people, young and old, should come together before God and plead their cause. God is always ready to answer the prayer of His people. He is always ready to send us the best kind of deliverance in times of national calamities and family distresses.
Thought for the day: There is power and victory in the prayer of unity.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.