Monday, October 26, 2009

If My People, XXXIV

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
"Give thanks to the LORD,
for his love endures forever."
As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 2 Chronicles 20:21-22
This is one of my favorite stories because I get so tickled thinking about a battle plan that sends the choir out in front of the actual warriors. It also illustrates the truth that we too easily substitute fretting for praying. Prayer is not a recitation of the problem since God already knows more about the problem than we do. It is reactivating and realigning our relationship with God. Our own level of faith, trust, obedience, and love is renewed as we praise God and acknowledge that He is the giver of all good gifts.

Continue to pray for our country and its leaders.

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