Lessons from the Prayer of Asa
And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power, help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God, do not let man prevail against You!” (2Chronicles 14:11).
What do you do when you are faced with a difficulty that is beyond your control? Do you depend on your knowledge or God? Here are some lessons you can learn from Asa.
When Asa faced an army from Ethiopia that was twice as big as his army, he cried out to the Lord in prayer. The prayer of Asa – one of the truly great prayers of the Bible – contains the four basic elements of victory for any Christian.
- Absolute confidence in God: One million against 500,000 is not a very good ratio. But the ratio does not count when God is with you.
- Absolute commitment to God: It is one thing to believe that God can accomplish a particular purpose. It is quite another thing to commit yourself to God so that He might keep you.
- Absolute courage: Asa learned that the name of the Lord has strength. And when we go forward in the name of the Lord, we go forward in power and in strength to do the work of God.
- Absolute concern for God: If we were in a similar position, we might pray, “God, let no one prevail against us.” But Asa had already given the battle to the Lord, now he was concerned about God.
In time of trouble, when you do not know what to do and have no plan, simply hold on to what you know, God.
- Who do you turn to when you’re faced with any trouble?
- Do you see God doing the impossible in your life?
Prayer: Thank you Father for Your faithfulness and love towards me. You’re my strength and my shield, my refuge in You do I trust. Amen!
Read: Psalm 20
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