“Prayer stands on these three course: what to do, how to do and when to do”
The knowledge of prayer is important and how to act on that knowledge is also important. We must understand that to fight a war is not by mouth but by skilfully going to the Lord in prayers for direction, the Bible says not to be wise in our own eyes.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Our wisdom will not save us in anything, we must learn to receive precise instructions in the place of prayers.
“Doing things without the knowledge of God is being wise in your own eyes”
We should not be a people that move basically because of the need of the hour but by the instructions of the Lord. The Lord instruct and it comes under the guide of prayer. Understanding that in prayers we carry God’s presence and evoke it by acknowledging it on the needed area of life.
“Prayer means to acknowledge the Lord and that’s how direction comes”
We have seen a people that know how to go to war with their own wisdom but here comes a man that understands the place of God when it comes to going to war and the truth is the Lord informed them ahead where the enemies will pass and where to stay to meet the enemy. They received the instructions under the guide of prayers.
- Jehoshaphat was a man that feared the Lord and then he sought the Lord
“What makes a man to seek the Lord is the fear of the Lord inside of that man”
2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
20:10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
20:11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
20:13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
- Then the Lord came to their midst
“The Lord will come when we seek Him”
20:14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, CAME THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION;
20:15 AND HE SAID, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD’S.
- The Lord revealed the plans of their enemies to them and also how to meet them
“God reveals things that we do not know in prayers when we seek Him”
20:16 To morrow go ye down AGAINST THEM: BEHOLD, THEY COME UP BY THE CLIFF OF ZIZ; AND YE SHALL FIND THEM AT THE END OF THE BROOK, BEFORE THE WILDERNESS OF JERUEL.
You see how specific the Lord was about how their enemies wanted to attack them? God revealed the how and where to meet them. I’m sure before now they don’t know how their enemies will come but through praying they received an understanding about the battle on the where to meet their enemies, how to fight the battle by not fighting, and what to do in the war just to by being still
20:17 YE SHALL NOT NEED TO FIGHT IN THIS BATTLE: SET YOURSELVES, STAND YE STILL, AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD WITH YOU, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
- He then thanked the Lord
“Prayer does not stand on it’s own, it must end on the shoulder of thanksgiving”
20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
- He obeyed what the Lord said to do though it sounds foolish
“It takes a spiritual man to follow the Lord and to count what looks foolish in the natural wise”
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
“Never make foolish what the Lord has spoken through disobedience but obey what He said”
20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
Let’s trust God in prayers, He only can ease and take away our worries!