Jehoshaphat prayer and God’s deliverance
This is a very interesting chapter because it shows how when the king responds correctly to a trial God will be gracious and how that has a sanctifying effect not only on the king but the people and even other nations. Shows the importance of having godly leadership and submissive people.
1. Jehoshaphat told “A great multitude is coming against you…”
2. Response: The Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his fact to seek the LORD…”
3. Jehoshaphat then stood in the assembly (public), in the house of the LORD, and prayed
4. Here is the prayer:
“and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
5. The prayer includes: praise, adoration, attributes of God, recalling promises and past fulfillment, supplication
6. At the end of the prayer he tacks on “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
7. Israel arrays in battle gear and they appoint people to sing praises to the LORD to stir up the people
8. The Lord came and fought their battle and gave them the victory
9. They plundered the enemy and took so much spoil that it took 3 days to collect
10. And the people returned home praising God with harp and lyre and rejoicing
11. The fear of God came over all kingdoms when they heard of this defeat
12. No one came against Israel because of this fear
Once again, if you seek the Lord and obey Him and do things the way He commands thing work out much better.