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“Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord” - 2 Chronicles 20:3-4 (NIV)

In times of crisis one way to manage through is to drop everything and go to the Lord. “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea” (2 Chron 20: 2). This is what Jehoshaphat heard. His response. He had all the people of the Lord gather. And they prayed.

“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you” (verse 6). The people reminded God of his great deeds of the past. They pleaded to God, “we will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us” (verse 9).

The Lord heard their cry. “..Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you” ( verse 17). The Lord set ambushes against the invading army and they were defeated.

In times like the post corona virus pandemic era, where many are uncertain of the future, let us follow the example of Jehoshaphat and cry out to the Lord. He will deliver us from whatever forces arraigned against us.

Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, I cry out to you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that whatever invading army I am facing, you deliver me!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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