After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
In this passage, Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, is faced with a daunting challenge as he hears news of a vast coalition of enemies coming to attack his kingdom.
Jehoshaphat’s initial response was not panic or haste, but rather alarm. He acknowledged the gravity of the situation – but instead of relying solely on his own understanding or the advice of his advisors, Jehoshaphat resolved to “seek help from the Lord”.
When confronted with this very scary situation, Jehoshaphat’s instinct was to turn to God in humility and trust and led his kingdom to do the same.
Let’s consider the following questions:
- What is your first instinct when confronted with challenges?
- Do you invite the believers around you to join in prayer during times of need?
- What stops you from asking others to pray with and for you?
Pray: “Lord Jesus, open my eyes to the relationships around me, and to Your presence in, and plan for, my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”