Starting on January 4, our church will hold a yearly week-long corporate fasting. In relation to this, the message of the service today was very timely in my life. It was about the life of Jehoshaphat which was recorded in 2 CHRONICLES 20. It was the time when he was experiencing great fear in his life for his nation when three other kingdoms were about to invade Judah. In this story, he did the following which resulted to an amazing miracle in their lives—their salvation.
1. He sought God in prayer.
Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord . . . —2 CHRONICLES 20:3
2. He sought God in fasting.
Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. —2 CHRONICLES 20:3
3. He sought God in worship.
21. . . “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” 22And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. —2 CHRONICLES 20:21,22
In the service message, it was asked how we responded to great challenges in our lives? Do we run away? Or do we control it? If we do the first one, we miss to witness the miracles which God could do in our lives. If we do the second one, we miss to witness the power of God in action in our lives. Thus, it would be great if we would have the same heart which Jehoshaphat had. And by His grace, may we experience breakthroughs upon breakthroughs in our lives not just in 2016 but for the many years to come in our lives.
For those who are joining us, remember that fasting without praying is called dieting. Now for prayer fun story, let me share this cute story below:
Praying in Tongues
An elderly gentleman passed his granddaughter’s room one night and overheard her repeating the alphabet in an oddly reverent way. “What on earth are you up to?” he asked.
“I’m saying my prayers,” explained the little girl. “But I can’t think of exactly the right words tonight, so I’m just saying letters. God will put them together for me, because He knows what I am thinking.”