Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, February 10, 2020

Theme: PRAYING AND WAITING ON THE LORD ALWAYS

Text: “Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, …came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; 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.” – 2 Chronicles 20:14,15.

Comment: The inspired words quoted above were uttered through Jahaziel, a Levite, to encourage the Jews when three nations, Moab, Ammon and Mount Seir came against Jehoshaphat in battle. Jehoshaphat had caused the inhabitants of Judah to gather themselves to­gether to ask help of the Lord. “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” (2 Chronicles 20:3) And God answered their prayer in that “the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another”. – 2 Chronicles 20:22-23.

Prayer is an acknowledgement of one’s insufficiency and dependence on God. It is noteworthy that when the children of Judah faced danger, it was to God Almighty Jehoshaphat made them to turn to, with the firm belief that He would save them.  This is what is expected of the people of God. It is evidence of understanding and faith. The Bible shows that God Almighty knows those who trust in Him and that He will never forsake them.  (Nahum 1:7)  God Almighty will certainly show Himself strong in the behalf of those who serve Him diligently when they call on Him with faith and understanding by His grace.  – Matthew 21:21,22..

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