“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah”. 2 Chronicles 20:3 NIV
I was being given instructions for my weekend with the granddogs. “Ralph was getting fat so he only gets fed once a day now”, my son advised. Poor Ralph; a fast had been proclaimed for his own good. He had no say in the matter.
Jehoshaphat was told that the Moabites and the Ammonites with some of the Meunites had come to wage war. The first thing Jehoshaphat did was to proclaim a fast throughout the country. All of Judah came and gathered together as Jehoshaphat prayed to the Lord. He sought the Lord and was told that the battle was not Judah’s battle but God’s battle. His part was to stand firm, not to be afraid or discouraged because God would be with him.
Jehoshaphat was instructed to march down against the army. He had to show up. He went bravely to face the enemy but was told he would not have to fight the battle but to take up his position and see the deliverance the Lord would give to him and his country.
Is there anything causing you fear? Is something or someone ganging up against you? What is causing you to be discouraged? We all face battles but the battle is not ours; it is God’s. You have the spirit of the living God. You are never alone.
Proclaim a fast to prepare your heart to go before the Lord in prayer. Lay out the situation honestly to God. Show up, stand firm, and see the deliverance of the Lord.