When we fast and pray the battle becomes God’s.
What do I mean by that?
Well, in 2 Chronicles chapter 20, there is a story of an insurmountable army coming against God’s people. It was so bad that the Bible says the king was terrified. This word means, “Terror-stricken”, “Petrified”, or as we would say, “Scarred to death!”
Have you ever felt that way? I think many of you may feel that way right now. Our future seems so uncertain, on a personal, national, and global scale. We are facing things that are overwhelming us.
BUT what did the king do with his fear? That is our question, too. And the answer will determine our outcome.
Let’s read verse 3:
“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” 2 Chronicles 20:3
He sought the Lord through fasting and prayer.
When you fear, you have a choice. What are you going to do next?
Jehoshaphat chose to turn to God. It goes on to say that they prayed one of God’s promises that He had made to them years before. His promise was that when they were in trouble, if they would cry out to Him, He would rescue them.
That is what we are doing right now. We are in trouble as a nation and we are crying out to God for His help.
So, how did He respond to them?
“…Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15b
Once you turn to God, it becomes His problem, too, especially if He has made a promise to you. He is faithful!
One of my high-schoolers told me yesterday, “Life is so much easier when you ask for help!”
So true! But, he still had to do his part. And they still had to do their part which was to go out onto the battlefield and get ready to fight. But when the time came, God wiped out the enemy without His people having to lift a sword.
You and I will still have to do our part, whatever that may be in any given situation, but God will do the same for us as He did for them when we set ourselves to seek Him through fasting and prayer.
We are not manipulating God through fasting, as if that were even possible. We are humbling ourselves before Him and calling on His mercy.
One of my favorite phrases in this story is found in verse 12:
“For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us, nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12b
Our eyes are on God. We get different reports from different sources every day about what we should be doing. You may feel this way in your personal life, you have situations where you simply do not know what to do.
Don’t be afraid. Fast, pray, and keep your eyes on God. He will come through for us, and for you.