2 Chronicles 19, 20
Focus Verse: O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For 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. – 2 Chronicles 20:12
There are several instances in the Bible where people prayed powerful, timeless prayers to God. For example, Solomon’s prayer when he was dedicating the temple, Hezekiah’s prayer when he was sick and certain he was going to die, Jabez’s prayer for blessing, David’s prayers when he was in distress, Hannah’s prayer for a child…and now, Jehoshaphat’s prayer when he was facing a battle and did not know what to do.
Jehoshaphat had a bad habit of hooking up with wicked kings from Israel, but deep down in his heart, Jehoshaphat loved the Lord, had faith in God, and set his heart to seek God. Because of this, God honored the good that was in Jehoshaphat and overlooked his faults.
When three large groups of people came against Jehoshaphat to do battle, the Bible says that Jehoshaphat was afraid. In response to his fear, the Bible then says that Jehoshaphat “set his face to seek the Lord.” What’s more? He also recruited all of Judah to seek the Lord and His help. In His prayer, Jehoshaphat first acknowledged that God was God. He acknowledged God’s power and might. He acknowledged the previous miraculous acts that God did in giving the promised land to His people. Second, Jehoshaphat also acknowledged the problem that he was facing and asked God to handle it. Third, he admitted that he was powerless to handle it. He admitted that he did not know what to do. Not knowing what to do was not an embarrassing thing for Jehoshaphat to admit because Jehoshaphat’s eyes were not on himself; his eyes were on God.
The moments when we are afraid are the moments our faith should shine through stronger. Fear shouldn’t push us away from the One who commanded us to “Fear not,” but pull us closer to Him. When we are afraid, we shouldn’t look inward to ourselves, but upward to God. In times of crisis, our weakness, our inadequacy, and our lack of knowledge regarding how to handle problems, will not intimidate us if our eyes are on God and not on ourselves.