Praying as Jehoshaphat prayed…Jehoshaphat’s Prayer for Deliverance


JEHOSHAPHAT’S STANDING BEFORE GOD

Jehoshaphat was king of Judah from 872-848 BC. He ruled after his father, Asa. It is recorded that:

He did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. 5 Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand.

The LORD established Jehoshaphat’s kingdom and he became rich.

JEHOSHAPHAT’S NEED

The time came, however when trouble reached Judah and the king. In 2 Chronicles 20, we read that the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. They are described as a great multitude and we see that Jehoshaphat was afraid. In his fear, he sought the Lord God Almighty, YHWH.

JEHOSHAPHAT’S PRAYER

 

2 Chronicles 20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,6 and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. pIn your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7 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? 8 And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 ‘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.’ 10 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— 11 behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12 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.”

OUTCOME

Jehoshaphat worshiped in sight of all the people. As a result all the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship to God and arose singing God’s praises and…

the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.  2 Chronicles 20:22

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WHEN TROUBLE COMES?

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

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Praying as Asa prayed


ASA’S PRAYER

And Asa cried to the LORD his God, “O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.” 2 Chronicles 14:11

Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.

PRIOR TO PRAYER

We read in 2 Chronicles that Asa is the King of Judah. The Bible makes one important statement about Asa, “He did what was right in the sight of YHWH his God.” Asa had all the idols removed and the places where people went to worship idols. The Israelites had allowed the people to build poles to a pagan god called Asherah. Asa had all this removed and called the people back to the worship of our One true God. 

WHAT ASA KNEW

Moses tells us the LORD (YHWH) was Asa’s God. This is important. Asa was praying to someone he knew and with whom he had a relationship. Not only did Asa know God personally, Asa knew about Him. Asa understood that there was no one else anywhere like YHWH.  A beautiful thing that Asa knew about God is that he is a God who cares about the weak. Humans are actually all weak, but some have a false sense of power derived from trusting the god of this world, Satan. Our God is the Creator of not just this world, but all things. YHWH has all power. When Asa called upon our Creator/Redeemer and acknowledged these things, Asa had the attention of Almighty God! 

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ASA PRAYED

12 So the Lord routed the Cushites before Asa and before Judah, and the Cushites fled.

YHWH, the Almighty heard and answered Asa’s prayer.

PRAYER IS A PRIVILEGE 

Growing up, we often sang:

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Hymns have a way of speaking and while I did not spend an hour praying every day, I did think about the words and my need to pray.

KNOWING JESUS IS KNOWING GOD

What we read and learn from the Bible is important. Christ the Messiah ushered in the New Covenant. We now know YHWH if we know Jesus. Jesus has all power and authority:

Matthew 28:17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,…

Knowing who is God is extremely important if we want our prayers answered. 

Hebrews 1:2 But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.…

John 14:12 Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.…

We can approach God through Christ name if we believe.

See Also: Praying as Christ Taught

ODB – As Above, So Below

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Praying as Christ taught


LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

In a small rural, Alabama church, many years ago, I was told to memorize Matthew 6:9-13. We actually recited this passage every Sunday whether we understood it fully or not. Looking back, I’m thankful this was a part of my childhood. While I didn’t realize it then, I was actually learning how to pray.

PRAYER CHRIST USED TO TEACH US

Matthew recorded the lesson when Jesus took time to teach on how we should pray. The passage is usually called “The Lord’s Prayer” but it is actually a lesson on how Christ teaches us to pray. His personal prayer is found in the gospel of John 17.

Christ prays for all His followers.

CHRIST’S WORDS IN MATTHEW’S GOSPEL

Matthew 6: 9 So then, this is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
10 Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors;
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.

QUIZ

Question – To whom do we address our prayers?

Answer – Our heavenly Father 

Question – What should we understand about our Heavenly Father?

Answer – His name is to be kept Holy – set apart from other names and reverenced.

Question –  What should our greatest desire be?

Answer – That the Kingdom God come into our midst. That the Father’s will be done perfectly on earth as it is being done in Heaven.

Question – For what earthly goods should we ask?

Answer – Daily bread or needs.

Question – For what spiritual needs should we seek.

Answer – That we be forgiven of our sin debts and recognize our responsibility to forgive others because we, like them, need forgiveness and that we be kept from temptation and evil.

CONCLUSION

We learn from studying the scriptures that God hears prayers that are not exactly like the words Christ used in the passage. He heard the tax collector in the synagogue who prayed, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.” He heard the thief on the cross who prayed, “Lord, remember me when You come into your kingdom.” We know Paul prayed:

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”

These Bible lessons show us that our Lord hears our prayers when we use our own words addressing various needs, however, I believe He gave us the model prayer so that we will not lose sight of what is truly important. The things Jesus addressed are of utmost importance. We will be helped in so many ways and the world will be a better place if we make these things our prayer daily.

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR


As we watch 2017 come to an end and see 2018 roll around, may our Lord bless you and prosper you throughout the year!

2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

💥 HAPPY NEW YEAR 💥

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Do you have a favorite Christmas Carol?


🎶 Christmas Carols 🎶 

The  Christmas season is as the most wonderful time of the year.

Because of Christ the world celebrates the Christmas season. Children learn about Luke Chapter 2. We are more aware that angels are a part of God’s creation. Bells ring out at churches everywhere and lights remind us that the shepherds saw a great light that night.

Luke 2:13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: 14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men
on whom His favor rests!”

Music is one of the very best parts of Christmas. Without the music, Christmas would not be the same.

Do you have a favorite Carol! I love them all, but my favorite contenders are:

 The Birthday of  the King.

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Nights

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Beautiful Star of Bethlehem 

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

O Come Redeemer Come

Silent Night

Mary Did You Know

Good King Wenceslas 

Do You Hear What I Hear

Go Tell It On the Mountain 

I Wonder As I Wander

O Come All Ye Faithful 

The First Noel

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman 

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

What is your favorite?

❄️ Merry Christmas ❄️

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Famous Christmas Carols – Story Behind the Song – “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”


Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

We sang “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” Christmas morning December 2016. This was one of those wonderful Christmas Days that fell on Sunday and Christians joined together to worship the Christ as sing praises as the heavenly chorus did ca 2016 years ago. Our pastor pointed out that “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”,  written by Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley founder of the Methodist church, in 1739,  is an excellent song to sing on Christmas because of the message it has. As we sang I began to listen to the familiar words. 

The angels herald the birth of our Savior and Lord, Emmanuel!

Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King,
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconcile.
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail, the incarnate deity

Pleased as Man with to dwell,Jesus, our Emmanuel!Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King.

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of peace!
Hail the Sun of righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

 

 

 

 

 

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I was wrong about almost everything concerning Donald Trump.


REMEMBERING THE PRIMARY

The Republican Primary seems a long time ago. During that time, I was an ‘anyone but Trump’ person. My preference was Ben Carson first, Ted Cruz second, and then the others in this order of preference:  Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Mark Rubio, Chris Christie, and after that, well, anyone but Trump.

HOW TRUMP HAS PROVEN ME WRONG

1. I did not believe Trump was a conservative. Now it seems he just may be the most conservative president in decades, Mark Levin says he is the most conservative since Reagan.

2. I did not believe Trump would support Christian ideals. Trump has consistently supported life for the unborn and the pro-life movement. Trump has ruled in favor of freedom for Christians and other religious groups to practice their beliefs without government intervention.

3. I didn’t expect Trump to make a good decision choosing a Supreme Court Judge. Judge Neil Gorsuch was a great pick. 

4.  I sometimes thought Trump spoke without knowing the facts; like saying the FBI wire tapped Trump tower, or that the Democrats paid for the Dossier. It turns out, he has an incredible record of accuracy!  Kelly: Trump’s Tweet Was Accurate, U.S. Will Stay In PR ‘Until The Job Is Done’

Trump Tweets

5. I thought Trump was a Hollywood buffoon who would not take the job seriously. Instead, he has worked harder than any president I remember and is clearly a threat to the establishment and to career politicians. His accomplishments are numerous. The list I will provide has been all over the net, but the thing that really impressed me was Truth or Fiction refused to fact check each one. Really? Why not? Were they afraid they would have to verify it? Apparently Snopes didn’t address it at all, at least I couldn’t find it. 

 

WHAT HAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DONE SINCE HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE

 

  1. Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch
  2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria
  3. He took us out of TPP
  4. Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)
  5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6
  6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a seven year high
  7. Arranged from 7% to 24% Tariff on lumber from Canada
  8. Bids for border wall are well underway
  9. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord
  10. Keystone pipeline approved
  11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%
  12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees
  13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans
  14. More than 600,000 jobs created
  15. Median household income at a 7 year high
  16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever in its history
  17. China agreed to American import of beef
  18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks
  19. Rollback of A Regulation to boost coal mining
  20. MOAB for ISIS
  21. Travel ban reinstated
  22. Executive order for religious freedom
  23. Jump started NASA
  24. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget
  25. Targeting of MS13 gangs
  26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants
  27. Signed 41 bills to date
  28. Created a commission on child trafficking
  29. Created a commission on voter fraud
  30. Created a commission for opioids addiction
  31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients
  32. Unemployment lowest since May 2007
  33. Historic Black College University initiative
  34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act
  35. Created an office for illegal immigrant crime victims
  36. Reversed Dodd-Frank
  37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning
  38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement
  39. End of DAPA program
  40. Stopped companies from moving out of America
  41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs
  42. Encouraged country to once again – ‘Buy American and hire American’
  43. Cutting regulations – 2 for every one created
  44. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America first
  45. Apprentice program
  46. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years
  47. $78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, Soft Bank, Toyota
  48. Denied FBI a new building
  49. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation
  50. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll
  51. Dept of Treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017 (2nd largest in history)
  52. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt
  53. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years
  54. Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence and Economic Growth
  55. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people’s lives than any President in the history of America
  56. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman
  57. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time frame, dated March 15, 2017, to trim the fat, restructure and improve efficiency of their branch.(Observe the push-back the leaks the lies as entrenched POWER refuses to go silently into that good night!)
  58. Last, refused his Presidential pay check. Donated it to Veterans issues.

President Trump, I was wrong. You are a great president. You have my support and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your beautiful family!

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