Prayer To Fix Our Eyes On God (26 Apr)
Sing prayerfully: Speak, O Lord
Listen and digest the words of the song carefully as the songwriter invites God to “speak, O Lord, as we come to You, to receive the food of Your Holy Word…..”
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:1-12
When the nation of Judah was confronted with a real and present danger in the form of a “vast army” of Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites approaching ominously to attack Jehoshaphat in Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast and gathered the people from every town at the courtyard of the newly-completed temple to seek God’s help. The Israelites were facing obliteration!
“O Lord, God of our fathers, 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. [PERSON]
O, 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? [PREVIOUS ACTS]
They have lived in it and have in it a sanctuary for Your Name, saying, “If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgement, 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. [PROMISE]
But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory You would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of Your possession You gave us as an inheritance? O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” [TRUSTING IN GOD’S SOVEREIGN WILL]
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
O Lord, our God, just as Jehoshaphat gathered the people of Judah to pray when confronted with an imminent threat that appeared insurmountable, we gather virtually as your people in Mount Carmel to seek your strength, comfort and deliverance from the scourge of the Covid-19 virus. Jehoshaphat’s prayer sets a model as to how we may pray.
First of all, we look to You as our Creator God with Whom nothing is impossible. You made the entire Universe and created the stars and planets. Over six days, You created Mother Earth and mandated man to take care of it. We know, O Lord, we have failed in this task. You are a powerful God, yet also a personal one Who even knows the number of hairs on our head. Right now, You know exactly how some of us feel, cooped up in our homes, confined in space and constrained in action. [GOD’S PERSON]
You have been so good to us. Thank You, Lord, for Your manifold blessings of family, friends, church brothers and sisters, material well-being and many more. Thank You for bringing us through so many trials and difficulties in life. Thank You for not dealing with me as I deserve. Yes, Lord, You have been so gracious and forgiving. I am sorry that I have let You down in so many ways. [Name a few] [GOD’S PREVIOUS ACTS]
Dear God, Your Word is full of wonderful assurances of Who You are when we are in trouble and distress. You assure us we can turn to You as a friend (Jn 15.15). Thank You, Lord. You are also our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our refuge, our shield, our stronghold and the horn of our salvation (Ps 18, 46). We can dwell in Your shelter, the shelter of the Most High and can rest in Your shadow, the shadow of the Almighty (Ps 91). So, even now, as we feel unsettled by the circuit breaker constraints, help us to rest in You, O Lord. Grant us Your peace and strength each day. We look forward to the day when normalcy will return. Please hasten that day, dear God [GOD’S PROMISES].
Finally, Lord, we know that ultimately, it is not us who determine how and when this pandemic will end. Yes, all of us will do our part, to practise good personal hygiene, stay focused on what needs to be done and most importantly, stay at home as much as possible. But still, like King Jehoshaphat, we set our eyes on You, O Lord. To You only, O Lord, do we put our trust. For Your will is the perfect will for us. In Your perfect timing, we acknowledge that this pandemic will end when You so determine it to end. In the meantime, may we continue to exhibit faith, love and joy daily in the blessed name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen! [TRUSTING GOD].