Christian Living
Gain God's Attention
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Aug 9, 2017
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FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat and the nation of Israel had to make a defining decision. They were about to be attacked by two formidable enemies, and from where Israel stood, there did not appear to be a way of escape.

Jehoshaphat immediately declared a season of fasting and prayer. The entire nation gathered to seek help from the Lord. They prayed:

Are you praising God for His presence and power in your life?

Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. . . . we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. (2 Chronicles 20:6, 12)

Have you ever heard someone pray with power and determination to gain God's attention? This is exactly what the nation of Israel did. They turned their hearts to God through prayer and praise. God is faithful. His answer came swiftly: 

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17)

The next morning, instead of marching into battle with bows drawn, Jehoshaphat and the nation of Israel marched forward with a song of praise on their lips. God confused their enemies to such a degree that the Israelites never had to fire a single arrow.

Satan hates to hear words of praise spoken to the Lord. He knows his defeat is sure each and every time we praise God. Are you praising God for His presence and power in your life?

Prayer: Lord, it is not my power but Yours that grants me victory. You are greater than anything that could ever come against me. Thank You, Lord, for Your powerful love! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you" (2 Chronicles 20:12).