THEME: POWER OF THANKSGIVING
2 Chronicles 20:20-24 NKJV
“So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.”
-Thanksgiving is the secret to victories. Judah was attacked by a great multitude from Syria including the Ammonites, Moabites and people from mount Seir. There was great intelligence among the armies of Judah who noticed that the enemy had already entered the country. When the report was told to king Jehoshaphat, he was afraid and set himself to seek the Lord. Jehoshaphat humbled himself fasted, prayed and gave thanks to God. He exhorted his troops to firm faith in God. Faith inspired him to true courage; as his heart was gradually established during the shaking times. In all our times of trouble and tribulations, we are called to have faith in the Lord and give thanks to Him for what has not yet been manifested. When we give thanks to God, we proclaim His power and ability to change all adverse situations in our favor for the glory of His name. The Lord caused the wicked people to destroy one another when Jehoshaphat led them in a solemn thanksgiving, and thus celebrated their victory in the Lord. We are reminded to stand and see the salvation of the Lord on our behalf. Also that when we have faith in God and begin to give thanks, we cannot boast in ourselves but in the grace of God that saved us.
We humbly come to Your presence dear Jesus that You save us. We boldly come to Your throne of grace that we may obtain grace and mercy to help us during our time of need. This is our time of need dear Jesus, may You fight for us. We enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and enter Your courts with praise. May You fight for us dear Jesus and give us rest in all situations. May You make a way for us even where there seems to be no way. May You destroy all the troops that seem like the Ammonites, Moabites and people from mount Seir in our lives, families and nation and set us free. May You destroy all the Al-Shabab and other militia who come to kill innocent lives. May You protect us with Your precious blood and preserve us dear Jesus. You are the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through You, may You save us and all Your people Lord. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, we adore You Lord. Amen
Further reading: Exodus 14:14; Deuteronomy 1:30