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Solving Problems through Prayer

February 19, 2013|6:22 am

 2 Chronicles 20:1-13

The cultural emphasis on "self " has bred a prayer crisis. Too many believers focus on a problem or its perceived solution instead of making God the center of their attention. Second Chronicles 20 shows us a better way.

King Jehoshaphat faced a dire situation: "a great multitude" approaching quickly to overthrow him. If he had wrung his hands and wailed instead of concentrating on God's promises and past provision, Jerusalem might have been wiped out as the Moabites and Ammonites intended.

The king magnified the Lord's greatness, recalling for himself and his people many divine triumphs. In that way, he was able to bolster the Israelites' courage and prepare them for whatever solution God proposed.

Through the words of his powerful entreaty, Jehoshaphat revealed his firm belief that no problem-not even three fast-approaching murderous armies-is bigger than the Lord of the universe. The Israelite army was powerless against such an onslaught, but the king refused to give in to his initial fear and despair. "Our eyes are on You," he pledged. In other words, "We know You have a plan, and we are waiting to hear what to do." Seeking the Lord's will and His best way is a priority for those who want to solve problems through prayer.

God doesn't want us to pray casually, "Lord, please solve my problem. Amen!" and then rush into our day, thinking we've done well to unload our difficulty onto Him. If He's going to solve a problem, we should have our ears and mind open to receive His answer-and our heart ready to obey.

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