Powerless against a great army, they cried to the Lord. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you (2 Chronicles 20:12).”
They were told, “Do not be afraid. The Lord will be with you (2 Chronicles 20:17).”
They responded with praise and the Lord fought for them. None of the enemy escaped alive. There was so much spoil it took them three days to take it all. (Read the whole story in 2 Chronicles 20).
We pray because the battle is the Lord’s.
Capable warriors, skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords and bows could have trusted in themselves.
Instead, “They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him (from 1 Chronicles 5:18-20).”
Capable people should pray.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8).
Give thanks to God for his loving response to us.
Those who learn to trust God when love shines bright
Also trust God when day seems as dark as night.
Give thanks to God that we can trust and pray in the night and in the day.
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Jehoahaz did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord was very angry and he allowed him to be defeated repeatedly.
Then Jehoahaz prayed for the Lord’s help, and the Lord heard his prayer and provided someone to rescue him (Read the whole story in 2 Kings 13:1-9).
The Lord’s mercy is abundant.
There was excitement in my mom’s voice when I called. She just read Psalm 149:4, “The Lord takes pleasure in His people.” She said, “That’s me. The Lord takes pleasure in me.”
Think about that as you pray. The Lord takes pleasure in you.
A wise friend told me, “The Sovereign Lord wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught (Isaiah 50:4).”
When He wakes her, she wonders, “What do you have for me today, Lord?”
Then she opens her Bible and reads, ready to respond to whatever He says.
The Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words, according to the will of God (from Romans 8:26-27)
Our Heavenly Father listens to the Spirit’s prayers. For those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
The Lord knows what we’re going to say, even before we say it. But he still bends down to listen to us pray (see Psalm 139:4; 116:2).
The Lord listens so well; may He hear us praise His name!
I call to God and he hears my voice (from Psalm 55:16-17).
We pray to One who listens.