Isn’t that what many of us ask ourselves from time to time? We try. We fail…miserably. And then we beat ourselves up and then depression sets in…and then we just don’t want to do anything because, obviously anything we touch will turn to dirt!!
BUT, if we were to rely SOLELY on GOD, to pray before any decisions are made, to not put all of our faith in what WE can do, we CANNOT FAIL!!
In church today, our Pastor talked about Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. I love when he puts a different slant on something that we just look at for face value. Here we read about the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites waging war against Jehoshaphat and Judah.
Even though he had fear, he didn’t try to band his armies together, he didn’t try to do ANYTHING on his own. Instead, he proclaimed a fast over the nation and PRAYED! I loved the first part of his prayer in verse 6, “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.”
There was no doubt in Jehoshaphat’s mind who God was!! He put no merit in his own power, but God’s power!
Why do we automatically default (another PD term) to the works of our hands when things go wrong? With me, it’s automobiles. A car breaks down, I go into panic mode and freak out. I try to see if I can borrow money, see if anyone can help me fix it.. I freak!!
But the God of all creation has NEVER let me down, EVER!! Anytime I ever prayed an intercessory prayer, He has put that person in my path to be able to minister to them! Anytime I have had any financial woes, He has always made a way for us to climb out of the situation, and being blessed by it!! So WHY, on earth could He not help me with the cars???
If I were to start out by praising Him for who He is… Praise God for the situation, and then ask for a solution for my dilemma IN FAITH… HE is sure to respond, in Love to my request…just like He has in EVERY OTHER SITUATION!!
James 5:13-16 actually is great in REMINDING US of this!! “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
So after Jehoshaphat prayed this awesome prayer to our LIVING GOD… the spirit spoke to him, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s!!” What?! You mean, I am sitting here worrying myself into oblivion and the battle is the LORDS???
The Bible gives us a lot of reminders to standfast and let God, but here are two of my favorites:
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Matthew 6:31-34 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But <b>SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM OF RIGHTEOUSNESS</b>, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Jesus came to give us life, and life abundantly.. He came to give us joy over our circumstances, He came to give us righteousness and free us from sin…..
Of course we will have trouble in the world, but HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!! So we wait. We live life to it’s fullest… smile in the not so good situations… love in the most unlovable situations… and PRAISE HIM THROUGH IT ALL!!
My Pastor said another thing that really made me think today… If you praise someone who is condemning you… like telling them to have a nice day when they are screaming at you… does that not calm the situation? Usually, it does.
God asks us to praise Him in the good…and the bad, the mountain AND the valley, the happy and in the sadness, because He said what? “I will never leave, nor forsake you” He said it in His work in Deuteronomy and again in Hebrews. To rely solely on Him, to trust HIM… to LOVE HIM!!
Praise God and His Holy Name! Ask Him, IN FAITH.. and He will supply your every need… and don’t worry about tomorrow because it’s got it’s own problems!!