entering a new year: pray

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.

2 Chronicles 20:12b

The story of the invasion of a huge military force is instructive to us, today. Good King Jehoshaphat looked to God for help. We too might feel overwhelmed heading into a new year with what we face, and with unknowns on a number of fronts. When we’re a bit lost, and maybe befuddled over some things, we can consider that God’s call for us to pray.

In this case God answered through a prophecy, King Jehoshaphat encouraged the people to trust in God, and then was moved to direct praise and worship God. God answered, so that Israel did not have to lift a finger themselves, not the way God always answers. Sometimes we have to get our hands dirty and get into the battle. The main point here is that we need to pray.

There are a lot of things we can do, as we read Scripture, and particularly the New Testament. And one of the main things again and again is simply to pray. From prayer God answers and acts. Prayer puts us in the position to hear and receive God’s answer. Prayer from the heart, real prayer, but also prayer in all our weakness. Just honest prayer is the point.

Again, God will answer, we can be assured of that. And part of that answer will be to help us focus on him all the more. As we receive by and by whatever answer he gives. That others too might see and fear, as in the story. That all might come to know him in and through Jesus.