My husband has been preaching a great series on Wednesday nights on different prayers prayed in the Bible. So far, here are the prayers he has shared thoughts on:
- Eliezer— prosper my success
- Jacob — bless me
- Moses — go with me
- Jabez–enlarge my coast
- Solomon — give me wisdom
This past week, he taught on Asa’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 14. The key verse was verse 11:
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.
Asa’s prayer: “Help me!”
This week, that has been my prayer to God too! Help me to know what to say. Help me to say it in the right way. Help me to not say anything at times. Help me to have a good attitude. Help me to be a good mom. Help me to a good wife. Help me to glorify You. So this week’s prayer challenge really resonated with me.
Another fact I found interesting about this prayer is that at the moment when Asa prayed this prayer, Asa was living right. He was doing right. Yet, there was this big storm going on in Asa’s life. A much bigger army with chariots had come to attack. God was sending a storm of perfection, and Asa responded beautifully. He turned to God in prayer, believing that God would answer. And He did! God defeated the army.
In this one verse we see the 4 R’s of Asa’s prayer:
Request: “Help us”! We too need to ask for God’s help in every areas. Here are good areas to always ask for God’s help: to love holy lives, to reach others, to glorify God, and to love God with our whole hearts.
- Relationship: “the LORD his God”; “O LORD our God.”
A sad end to Asa’s story is that he did not end his life well. We can learn from his life. We need to be continually checking our relationship with God to make sure that we are not getting stagnant in our relationship with God.
- Reliance: “for we rest on thee,”
Rest or trust or lean. God is not our 911 call; but if we have a right relationship with God like Asa did where He is our God, then those short prayers of need are effective. When we fight the battle on our knees, we win every time.
- Resolve: “and in thy name we go against this multitude.” He believed God. By faith, they went forward and won. We also need to step forward in faith and do what He will enable us to do.
Here are a couple thoughts I came away:
- Do I respond in faith when difficulties come?
- God is interested in the quality of my relationship with Him before the difficulties come.
Here are a couple of posts I enjoyed reading this past week from last week’s party:
Having The Talk: Biblical Sex Education Training For Parents from Women Abiding
3 Things Wives Forget from Faithful Farmwife
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