One of the greatest gifts God has bestowed on us would be our ability to come before Him in prayer. As Micah 6:8 states…
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 (AMP)
We have the awesome privilege of a God who loves us so dearly that He desires nothing more than to form the most intimate of bonds with us. Bonds built on genuine love for Him AND love for each other.
We as His children have the ability to become united in mind, body and spirit, displaying His glory by caring not for our own needs, but for the needs of each other. No display of His love can come from divisions, factions or self-serving motives inside or outside the church. We are not just a body of believers to take care of our OWN body of believers but to take care of the many lost and dying. God puts us here to bless one another with the joy of fellowship and human unity that I pray grows stronger and stronger in us each day.
As our world grows darker the power of prayer is made that more effective by us coming together, UNITED, in spreading His glorious love, truth and mercy. Our commission is to fulfil His desire that not one is lost as HIS kingdom return. We know that only God has control of the complete outcome, and that sadly there may be those that are but I cannot stress enough that “getting saved” or “getting my blessing” is not a prize to be had by one but it is God’s desire that ALL come to repentance and ALL come into relationship with Him and each other. Where one can put some to flight how much more can MANY put hordes to flight! A good example of this is the following story, one of my absolute favorites, on the power of prayer. It shows how when people humble themselves before our Lord our God can GET TO WORK. Though the nation of Judah made many bad and reckless choices this story stands as a testament to God’s amazing patience and love for His children on this earth. (I thank Him for His patience with me EACH DAY!!!!) It’s a story that shows how God can and will hear His children to deliver us when we humble ourselves and come to Him in prayer. I’m sure you will also be able to see many parallels to where we are as Americans and Christians. As you read below may you and I be reminded of the great commission He has called us to and the Unity of love that we are blessed to have for one another.
Be Forever and Mightily Blessed, remembering to “Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His Love endures Forever!” (para)
War with Surrounding Nations
20 After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.)
3 Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. 4 So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s help.
5 Jehoshaphat stood before the community of Judah and Jerusalem in front of the new courtyard at the Temple of the Lord. 6 He prayed, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is inheaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! 7 O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people Israel arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham? 8 Your people settled here and built this Temple to honor your name.9 They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’
10 “And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them. 11 Now see how they reward us! For they have come to throw us out of your land, which you gave us as an inheritance. 12 O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”
13 As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children,14 the Spiritof the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.
15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel.17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”
18 Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout.
20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”
21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:
“Give thanks to the Lord;
his faithful love endures forever!”
22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 23 The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. 24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in thewilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.
25 King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all! 26 On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the Lord there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today.
27 Then all the men returned to Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat leading them, overjoyed that the Lord had given them victory over their enemies. 28 They marched into Jerusalem to the music of harps, lyres, and trumpets, and they proceeded to the Temple of the Lord.
29 When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the Lord himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them. 30 So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side. – 2 Cor 20:1-30 (NLT) www.biblegateway.com