Are your prayers focused on God or your circumstance?

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Are your prayers focused on God or your circumstance?

Jehoshaphat had a big problem with a formidable army heading his way. What do you do when faced with a big problem? What can you learn from Jehoshaphat?

Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard and said:

“LORD, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.'”

Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, as he stood in the assembly.

He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.'” 2 Chronicles 20:2-9,14-15

When you face a vast army coming against you, seek the Lord. God is bigger than your problem no matter the size of problem. The army coming against Jehoshaphat was bigger than his own army yet he sought the Lord with all of his heart.

Getting through the problem will take an act of faith. With Jehoshaphat the Lord gave instruction through someone else to not be afraid or discouraged because the battle is the Lord’s. It wasn’t Jehoshaphat’s battle and it’s not your battle.

God wants to give HIS children a solution to the problem, but in HIS own time. God never promised you would not have problems. HE promised HE would never leave you nor forsake you. God is concerned about your problem, however HE is more concerned about building your character by putting you through the circumstance. Problems are allowed by God to test your faith and grow you in righteousness.

Jehoshaphat prayed in the confidence of knowing God. His prayer was centered on God, not on his problem. The Lord gave King Jehoshaphat and his people victory the enemy ended up attaching each other and was defeated.

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