Ye shall not need to fight in this battle …

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17)

King Jehoshaphat is in the temple. Gathered around him are the people of God. It seems that everyone was present and everyone had the same desire. How were they to defeat their enemy? After much prayer the answer finally came (v.14). The battle was not theirs, but God’s (v.15). They were to do nothing. God said they were to set themselves … stand still … and see the salvation of the Lord (v.17). Familiar terms, but terms that are easily forgotten when the enemy confronts us.

We are so accustomed to planning and scheming that we spend little time involved in the activities that really matter. Faith is the greatest weapon we have in our Christian arsenal. Combine faith with prayer and you have a combination that activates the power of God. Faith and prayer – turning it all over to God – that is what is needed in our lives and that is the one thing we have such a difficult time doing. So much more could be accomplished if we could learn that lesson.

Faith and prayer … it brings an answer from God. Faith and prayer … it brings the victory we are seeking. Faith and prayer … it accomplishes more than we ever imagined. There will always be enemies to fight and even times when the enemies seem more plentiful than the blessings of God, but that is not the case. The odds are never against us, when by faith and prayer, we come to God. Victory is inevitable when we learn to rest completely in His care.