The Power of a Promise from God

Wednesday is for Prayer

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Desperation in Prayer is a Good Thing

This morning I was reading 2 Chronicles 13 and the story of the reign of Abijah. It only lasted three years. It followed the wicked rule of his father, Rehoboam son of Solomon who had ruled for 17 years. 1 Kings 15:2 tells us that the reign of Abijah followed in the same trajectory of Rehoboam. His “heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God” (ESV). And there was turmoil.

War broke out against King Jeroboam, the King of the Northern 10 tribes that broke away after Solomon’s death and Rehoboam’s cruel treatment at the beginning of his reign. As the description of the battle is given in 2 Chronicles 13, wicked King Abijah and the nation of Judah are outnumbered 2-1, they are surrounded fore and aft and about to be ambushed when they cry out to God for deliverance.

  • “God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah” (vs. 15)
  • “and God gave them into their hand.” (vs. 16)
  • “and the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the LORD” (v. 18).

Even a wicked King, for the sake of God’s promise to David, is delivered from harm when he turns to YHWH in a desperate reliance. What was that promise? It was many things (cf. 2 Samuel 7) but part of it was the promise of a Messiah, a redeemer. A child who would be born, the government would rest on his shoulders, and he would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Eleven days before Christmas, remember. Remember and seek the face of a God who delivers when the cries of his people grow desperate.


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