The Battle is God’s
Some battles are not fought with physical weapons. They are spiritual in nature. The Father outlines in His Word very clearly that our battles are not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12); there are dark forces at work. These battles must be fought with supernatural weapons.
There are supernatural weapons listed in Scripture and even protective supernatural gear. You are already familiar with them—truth, righteousness, and faith—think the armor of God in Ephesians. Prayer is a key weapon at our disposal in the spiritual realm and so is the Word of God. And though we have these weapons and gear within our reach that the Father has given to us and teaches us to use, sometimes the battles we face do not require all of these items; instead, there is a need to get ready and simply prepare, gird, and wait…wait on God to act.
In 2 Chronicles 20, the king of Israel, King Jehoshaphat, was faced with warfare and prayed the following prayer:
“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. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ ” 2 Chronicles 20:6-9
The king glorifies the Lord with his praise. He acknowledges the Father’s authority and power. He reminds God of what He has done for the people; then King Jehoshaphat declares that whatever the circumstances are, the people will turn to God and cry out to Him. Jehoshaphat with confidence declares that the Lord will hear and save.
And look at God’s response to this genuine prayer:
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…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 20:15b, 17
I love this! The battle is God’s—get ready, stand firm, and watch what the Lord does! The Father says not to be afraid or discouraged. And listen to this instruction…“Go-out-and-face-them.”
My friends, sometimes God does not need us to do the work in a battle. He just needs us to be present and ready to go. Like King Jehoshaphat, we need to praise the Father! Acknowledge His authority and power, remember His already great and miraculous works in our life, turn to Him in our distress, then rest in confidence that He will do what only He can do and is able to do.
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