King Jehoshaphat in TroubleKing Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah received some troubling news that Moab and Ammon had become allies and were going to come in battle against Judah. This was very disturbing news for the king but he did not panic nor did he seek help from other allies. He called the nation to a session of prayer and fasting (II Chronicles 20:3,4). He prayed before the people and he confessed to Yah their helplessness.
"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" (II Chronicles 20:12).
The people prayed and waited on Yah. Then the spirit of Yah came upon the prophet, Zechariah, and he told the people not to be afraid. He said,
"It is not for you to fight in this. Position yourselves, stand still and see the deliverance of Yahooah with you. O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not be afraid nor fear, go out against them tomorrow, for yahooah is with you" (II Chronicles 20:17).
"And when they began singing and praising, Yahooah set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judahand they were smitten" (2Chronicles 20:22).
In this lesson we have seen the power of confession of our helplessness and dependence on Him and the power of offering praise to him no matter how bleak and scary the situation looks.
Paul and Silas in TroubleThe apostle Paul and Silas were arrested and beaten. They were beaten so severely that deep marks were left in their backs. They were bleeding from the wounds and then thrown into prison with their feet bound in the stocks. At a time like this we might think that it was an unusual time to offer up praise.
"But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to Elohim and the prisoners were listening to them. And suddenly a great earthquake took place, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and all the chains came loose" (Acts 16:25,26).
Yes, prayer and praise will deliver you from the attack of your enemies and will set you free from your bondage.