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2 Chronicles 13-15: Asa's Prayer
In chapter 14 of 2 Chronicles we see Asa, king of Judah, going to battle against Zerah the Ethiopian.
Asa was a good king, 2 Chronicles 14:2-4 tells us, “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim and commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment.”
Under Asa’s reign, Judah prospered and was at peace for 10 years the Bible records. But now, Zerah the Ethiopian has come to wage war against Judah. 2 Chronicles 14 tells us that Judah had “an army of 300,000 from Judah, armed with large shields and spears, and 280,000 men from Benjamin that carried shields and drew bows. All these were mighty men of valor” (14:8). But we learn in verse 9 that Zerah had a million men and 300 chariots. Judah was outnumbered almost 2-1. But that’s alright because Judah and King Asa had God on their side! Let’s read Asa’s prayer and see how we can make this our prayer whenever we find ourselves in a situation where we feel outnumbered.
“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 Chron. 14:11)
The first thing I notice here is that Asa turns to God first. First things first! Asa knows where to run with his insurmountable problems. He’s outnumbered 2-1, so he runs to the “Lord his God.” He identifies God as “his God” immediately. No question about it, Asa knows Who his God is and that his God is the One, true God.
Asa also knows that there is no god like his God, and none like Him to run to for help in these situations. Asa lays it out plain and clear— “the mighty and the weak.” He knows he and Judah are up against the mighty forces of Zerah the Ethiopian, and he knows that Judah is the weaker part of that equation. But God… Asa’s got God on his side. Judah has God on their side. They are solely relying on God, and Asa reminds God that he and all Judah are going up against Zerah the Ethiopian in the name of the Lord. “in Your name we have come against this multitude.” God’s name and reputation are on the line. Asa brings God right into the battle with Judah, “O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” This is exactly what I want you to do today, friend. Whatever your battle, no matter how outnumbered you feel today, bring God into the equation. Let Him fight this battle with you, just like King Asa did!
What battle are you going to let God fight for you today, friend?
About Sweeter Than Honey
When I read God’s Word each morning, I find inspiration and insight that keeps my day on track. Join me on this journey. Let’s settle in with His Word—it’s His Love Letter to us. Did you know that? Let’s read it like a love letter, expecting to glean something for our walk with Him every day. Let’s look for peace in the chaos and strength for our weaknesses. Even on our busiest days we can carve out a few minutes to refocus on the important—the eternal. Can’t we? We may have to get up a little earlier, when the house is still and quiet, or stay up a few minutes after the others are all tucked in for the night, but we can do this! I know we can.
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
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