"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord : even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord."
(2 Chronicles 20:3, 4 KJV)
King Jehoshaphat feared and knew he couldn't stop the coming enemies so he "set himself to seek the Lord" immediately. He knew only that Our Awesome God could stop these people so he declared a fast. He was determined to hear from the Lord!
What do you do first, when you find yourself in trouble? Go get advice from your neighbor? Tell your boss? The first thing you should do is get on your knees and ask help from Our Awesome God. If your neighbor or your boss has the answer, God will send you to him like He had Cornelius send for Peter (Acts 10). We should make it a habit to run to the Lord when we see trouble coming. And be sure we stop depending on ourselves or others for the answer. God's answer is better for us and is the long term way to go. So prayer is always the best answer because we don't know Our Awesome God's mind nor all the possible answers or the possible consequences. God does know what will work best for you and others around you. What you do will matter, whether it is your will or God's will. What God answers is important, so listen for His answer to your distress call, because He will answer.
Our Awesome God will answer in different ways so listen for a deep sense of peace when you think of a possible answer while praying and ask Him if that is what His answer is. His answer may be to just calm your troubled emotions or He may give you some creative ideas to prevent or overcome the problem. He may say, "just wait for my guidance" (Proverbs 3:5-6). If you feel a sudden calm or peace it is probably from God.
Our Awesome God wants you to trust Him. Therefore, He wants you remember Trouble Equals Prayer. Prayer should be an important part of God's church, is it of your Church? If not, remember, God wants us to pray privately and as a church together. Pray!
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise and Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them.
"And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? "
(Luke 18:7, 8 KJV)
"God's timing is not ours to command. If we do not start the fire with the first strike of our match, we must try again. God does hear our prayer, but He may not answer it at the precise time we have appointed in our own minds. Instead, He will reveal Himself to our seeking hearts, though not necessarily when and where we may expect. Therefore we have a need for perseverance and steadfast determination in our life of prayer.
"In the old days of flint, steel and brimstone matches, people had to strike the match again and again, perhaps even dozens of times, before they got a spark to light their fire, and they were very thankful if they finally succeeded. Should we not exercise the same type of perseverance and hope regarding heavenly things? When it comes to faith, we have more certainty of success than we could ever have had with flint and steel, for we have God's promises as a foundation.
"May we, therefore, never despair. God's time for mercy will come -- in fact, it already has come, if our time for believing has arrived. Ask in faith without wavering, but never cease to petition the King simply because He has delayed His reply. Strike the match again and make the sparks fly. Yet be sure to have your tinder ready, for you will get a fire before long." Written by Charles H. Spurgeon in Streams in the Desert on page 430 of the 1997 edition by L. B. Cowman and published by Zondervan.
The above comment expresses encouragement we should have as we pray to Our Awesome God and His wonderful Son, Jesus Christ, and don't get immediate answers. Continue praying, for our God's time is not the same as ours but He will answer every prayer. The answer will be a "Yes, later, now, wait, or no". But He will answer! Just not always the way you might want. He uses your prayers together with His knowledge and wisdom to fulfill those prayers.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill