Prayer & Fasting 2021
2020 was a challenging year for all of us. A global pandemic, subsequent economic troubles in every nation, and the emotional and psychological strain have left most of us uncertain of what to expect in the New Year.
In 2 Chronicles 20, we read of the uprising of three eastern armies against King Jehoshaphat and the tribe of Judah. The challenge was great, odds of a victory improbable, and their future unsure. But instead of wringing their hands in fear or preparing to battle in their own strength, King Jehoshaphat invited the people to reject their human reactions and look beyond their present circumstance. He called for the people to seek God, and he prayed a powerful prayer, "we don't know what to do, but our eyes are on you."
King Jehoshaphat’s total dependency on God in this situation yielded his nation a three-day collection of spoils. Jehoshaphat's prayer did not stop the war, nor did it change the three eastern armies' wicked intent. However, because he turned his heart in prayer and fasting towards heaven, he received God's perspective on the situation. In every circumstance and season, God has a strategy to navigate you through life. If there was ever a time to turn our eyes to God, it is now.
As we enter 2021, the challenges of 2020 are fresh on our minds. However, if we seek Him in humility, the promise of 2 Chronicles 20:17 can be ours, "You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you… Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you."
Let us cause casualties by having a casual approach to prayer. If we diligently pursue the heart of God in fasting and prayer, we will see an overflow the Holy Spirit that will impact generations to come.