Lessons from Asa’s Battle Prayer

Daily Devotional: Day 203

“And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee” (2 Chronicles 14:11).

The closer you walk with God, the more clarity you receive about His character and His power. And the more clarity you have about Him, the better for your faith. How you pray, what you pray about and the confidence with which you pray is mostly determined by the level of clarity you have about the God to whom you pray.

As you surrender your heart to the Lord, He illuminates your understanding – so that you can see His hand in every situation. And, when you see the hand of God, you know that in every battle, the Lord fights for you. Asa, king of Judah, had this clarity about God. When he succeeded Abijah as king of Judah, Asa set his heart on seeking the Lord and to doing what was right before Him. 

One day, Asa’s faith in God was tested. Asa knew, like every king, that war was always a possibility. For ten years, however, Asa didn’t have to go to war. Everything was peaceful in Judah. But when war finally came, it was probably nothing Asa had imagined. Zerah of Ethiopia came against Judah with a force of one million soldiers and three hundred chariots (cf. 2 Chronicles 14:9). Judah was significantly outnumbered. It was at this point that Asa cried unto God as you can see from today’s Bible passage.

Asa’s prayer was straight to the point and filled with child-like simplicity – as prayer should be. Notice that at the beginning of his prayer, he described the character of God.

Lesson 1: Asa said to God, “it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power.” This is important. When God is helping you, what you have or don’t have, makes no difference.

Lesson 2: Asa rested on God and went against the multitude in the name of the Lord. If you approach a situation – no matter what it is – in the Lord’s name, it changes everything. God will honor His Name. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

Lesson 3: Asa said, “O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.” Asa recognized an important spiritual truth. If you attack God’s people, you are attacking the Lord. Asa could have said, “let no man prevail against us.” But notice that he said, “let no man prevail against thee.”

To sum up, Asa had his own battles. You will have yours. But know this: With God, the size of your problem makes no difference. Call on Him in all your battles, and know that He fights for you.

May the Lord be with you in all your battles and let no man prevail against His Name. Amen.

For further study: Psalm 118:1-29

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