The Battle is the Lord’s

And there  came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.  Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.  And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude.  O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

II Chronicles 14: 9-12

This is a great passage that shows how we should be praying about our “battles” in life.  The Ethiopians came out to fight against Asa and his people.  Asa prayed a simple, yet very effective prayer in which he does several important things that I think we can apply to our own prayer lives:

1. He acknowledged God’s power.
-“…it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power”.  The reason that we pray is that God is all-powerful and we are not.  When we pray, we are asking for God’s divine help.  If we expect to get that divine help, we are going to have to believe that He has the power to do what we need Him to do.

2. He acknowledged his own helplessness.
-“…with them that have no power”.  Asa understood that, without the Lord, he and his army were nothing.  But with the Lord, nothing was impossible.  That is the same way I am: without the Lord, I am nothing.  But with the Lord, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.

3. He acknowledged his dependence on God.
-“…for we rest on thee”.  He told the Lord that they were going to depend on Him.  That is the point to which we have to come to have an effective prayer life.

4. He acknowledged that the battle is the Lord’s.
-“…in thy name we go against this multitude… let not man prevail against thee”.  Asa appealed to the fact that 1. they had put their trust in the Lord, and 2. the Lord would not allow man to prevail against Him.  As Christians, we are “on the Lord’s side”.  It does not bring honor and glory to His name when we are defeated by the world and the flesh.  He has promised to give us the victory if we will let Him.

5. He won the victory.
-“So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled”.  Enough said.  Prayer works.

4 responses to this post.

  1. I love how you ended that, Ben! Enough said, prayer works. 🙂 Thank you for strengthening my prayer life today! Blessings, deb

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  2. Ben, I’m in the midst of a battle. Thanks for reminding me how to pray about it. As I read this I realized that my prayers for wisdom and guidance in the battle were not enough. I need to give the battle to Him, to recognize that it is His battle after all, and that He will win it. Peace, Linda

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    • I always find it so easy to try to do things in my own strength- especially when I’m in the midst of a battle. It’s so much easier to just give it to Him, since it’s His anyway, but my flesh and pride wants to do things “my way”. I’m glad this was an encouragement to you!

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