In HIS Presence


Read: 2 Chronicles 20: 1-30
Meditation verse:

“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (2 Chronicles 20:3)

Life is a lively process of becoming; change is therefore one thing you should expect. Some of these changes will be in the form of battles that you will need to surmount every now and then. Today’s reading highlights some important strategies for winning the battles of life.

On hearing the news that several nations had come up against him; King Jehoshaphat set himself to seek God’s face and ask for help. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 41:1). He is always willing to intervene in our situations. A verse in the famous song by Alan Jackson says: “what a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer”. Turning to Him for help is always a good place to start.

In response to Jehoshaphat’s plea, God gave him a command “You will not need to fight in this battle, position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of God”. In the place of prayer, the Holy Spirit instructs and directs our hearts. There will be times when you will need to take action to overcome that battle, other times you would need to be still and allow God deal with the issue. The miracle is always in the obedience; do exactly what He has commanded, no matter how foolish seems.

God always inhabits the praises of His people. So, praise Him, even during the challenge. Jehoshaphat appointed singers to go out before the army as they went to war. Do not wait to see answers to your prayers, before praising God. By praising Him, you are declaring His authority over that situation. Why not rise and begin to declare God’s authority over your issue. Praise the Lord, right now.

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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