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Solving Problems through Prayer

Read | 2 Chronicles 20:1-13

The cultural emphasis on “self” has bred a prayer crisis. Too many believers focus on a problem or its perceived solution instead of making God the center of their attention. Second Chronicles 20 shows us a better way.

King Jehoshaphat faced a dire situation: “a great multitude” approaching quickly to overthrow him. If he had wrung his hands and wailed instead of concentrating on God’s promises and past provision, Jerusalem might have been wiped out as the Moabites and Ammonites intended.

The king magnified the Lord’s greatness, recalling for himself and his people many divine triumphs. In that way, he was able to bolster the Israelites’ courage and prepare them for whatever solution God proposed.

Through the words of his powerful entreaty, Jehoshaphat revealed his firm belief that no problem—not even three fast-approaching murderous armies—is bigger than the Lord of the universe. The Israelite army was powerless against such an onslaught, but the king refused to give in to his initial fear and despair. “Our eyes are on You,” he pledged. In other words, “We know You have a plan, and we are waiting to hear what to do.” Seeking the Lord’s will and His best way is a priority for those who want to solve problems through prayer.

God doesn’t want us to pray casually, “Lord, please solve my problem. Amen!” and then rush into our day, thinking we’ve done well to unload our difficulty onto Him. If He’s going to solve a problem, we should have our ears and mind open to receive His answer—and our heart ready to obey.

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  • February 19, 2013 10:32 PM

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    Don't forget to pray for one another and your families in the prayers and we all need each other and love of God will keep us strong and protected!!! Amen!!!!!!!
  • February 19, 2013 08:13 PM

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    God always hear our prayers......Amen!! Awesome God!!!
  • February 19, 2013 07:16 PM

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    Amen! Praise God for this wonderful message.
  • February 19, 2013 07:03 PM

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    Wow, I just wanted to share that I read this at 8am this am, and had a meeting at work @ 10am and was going to be moved to a different shift and I pastor a church and need to be at Wednesday night's service's, revivals, etc. I began to pray and had alot of people praying and God came through this afternoon, someone wanted to work that shift and went to management to volunteer. Thank you God and thank you In Touch Ministries.
  • February 19, 2013 04:36 PM

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    Thanks God!
  • February 19, 2013 01:07 PM

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    Something to remember often
  • February 19, 2013 11:49 AM

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    Thanks so much for this insight. Definitely needed it today.
  • February 19, 2013 09:30 AM

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    Thank you so much, Dr. Stanley for your encouraging words of wisdom.
  • February 19, 2013 08:36 AM

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    Wonderful lesson on the power of prayer - and I would say - one that all of us, as Christians need.
  • February 19, 2013 07:43 AM

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    Praise God! This confirmed some things for me. I am going through a lot in my life and this reminded me to keep my focus on God's promises and past provision. I'm so encouraged
  • February 19, 2013 07:25 AM

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    I really needed today's word,because I was searching for guidance about my current situation and today the lord has truly made my heart quiet. Thank you Intouch ministries and thank You Lord!!!
    Francine G
  • February 19, 2013 07:10 AM

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    Thank you I needed this today, I'm in such despair. God Bless
  • February 19, 2013 06:56 AM

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    thank you lord,amen....
  • February 19, 2013 06:10 AM

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    My.... wow!.... I will go here every day.
  • February 19, 2013 05:41 AM

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    to take all my worries away and have my problems solves
  • February 19, 2013 05:37 AM

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    I love this
  • February 19, 2013 03:35 AM

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    God is so great he always hear our prayers.

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