The power of prophetic word 1
by Ivan Ho 11 Aug 2022
The Ammonites and Moabites, amongst others, came up to seige and attack Judah during Jehoshaphat’s reign. At first fear came upon him and he proclaimed a fast before the Lord.
Let’s be real, enemies do come to attack us. We are not living in times of peace when we can just sit around and relax, waiting for our Lord’s return. While we are living in peace and counting our blessings, our enemies do come and attack us and that’s why they’re our enemies.
It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazon–tamar, which is En–gedi.
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
2 Chronicles 20:1-3 KJV
So what do we do when our enemies come to attack us?
- Seek the Lord, pray and fast
That’s what Jehoshaphat did, he set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast. The first person to turn to in times of troubles is not the church leaders, the government or your mom. Our Lord is the one who fight the battles against our enemies so we must seek God first and foremost.
Jehosaphat declared a national fast and gathered the congregation to seek the Lord. He knew the enemy’s plan was to take the inheritance that God has given to the people of God. Many nations today have lost their God given inheritance because the people just allowed the enemies free run on their lands. Our livelihood and the future of our families and loved ones are at stake.
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. And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
2 Chronicles 20:4-13 KJV
Jehosaphat said: “If, when EVIL comes upon us, as the sword, judgement, or pestilence, or famine…”. These bad things that come upon us are not natural phenomenon but are evil things that will eventually destroy us if they are not reversed. We can either stand still and do nothing or try to deal with it using man’s ways and limited resources , or we can seek God’s help. Unless God hears our prayers and helps us in times of attacks from our enemies , we will be doomed.