July 14 – Jehoshaphat Prays for Victory – 2 Chronicles 20
Jehoshaphat prays for God’s judgment on the Ammonites and Moabites. He is asking not only for deliverance from them, but also that God would judge them. Jehoshaphat does not know what to do, and he tells God that everyone’s eyes are looking to Him for help. Jehoshaphat does not ask for a particular kind of judgment as he is trusting God’s choice in the type of victory He brings. It is very interesting to note in verse 13 that the congregation in this instance did not mean just a gathering of the men. Here we find the entire family in prayer for God’s help.
There are many truths to pull from this entire chapter, but there are two that I would like to point out. When asking God for judgment, it is important that you trust God in the type of judgment that He does bring. When we begin asking for various types of judgment on our “attackers”, we are very vulnerable to have a bitter spirit. The other truth that is a must in America today is for our entire family to come to God for help. It is not enough for dad to pray for God’s help. This IS a matter for the entire family to come to God to pray for help. When was the last time that your family came together just to pray for God’s help?