Bring God into the crisis. King Asa went into battle with 580,000 of his troops against the Ethiopians who had a million men and 300 chariots. The prospect of victory was slight, and the hope of God’s people was dark. Asa prayed for God to be with him.
“Asa cried out … ‘LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!’ ” (2 Chron. 14:11).
Did you see what Asa said in his prayers? The Ethiopians were attacking God’s people, but Asa realized they were attacking God. Note that he prayed, “Do not let man prevail against You!”
You are fasting and praying for a spiritual victory. Make sure the fast goal is God’s project and not your personal project. Sometimes we try to talk God into blessing the project we do for Him. While doing projects for God is good, there is something better. It’s when God assigns you a project. It’s His project. When you pray, make sure you and God are on the same side.
The emphasis is not on your begging God to come help you win this battle. No, that’s the wrong emphasis. It’s not even getting God on your side; it’s you getting on God’s side.
Elmer L. Towns, The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough (Ventura, CA: Regal; Gospel Light, 2010), 157.
The writer of Hebrews said, “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity.” Hebrews 6:1 Many small group Bible study groups struggle because they do not do this—they do not move on beyond the elementary teachings.
This week it is How To Be Saved. Next week it is How To Be Sure You Are Saved. The next is How To Tell Someone Else How To Be Saved. The next is How To Be Forgiven and so on.
We study David and Goliath and Daniel in the Lion’s Den and the Life of Joseph and so forth—all good stuff—but if you have been attending for a while, you will get to feeling like you have heard this before.
This is why I am excited about one of our newest Bible Studies—a Study of the Life of Good King Asa. Asa was one of the exceptional kings of Judah and lived during a time of exceptional ungodliness. The contrast of his life with his background of ungodliness provides a fresh opportunity to live in today’s ungodly world. This Series is called Godly Living in an Ungodly World.
2 Chronicles 14.1 – 8
2 Chronicles 14.9 – 15
2 Chronicles 15.1 – 9
2 Chronicles 15.10 – 19 44
“The eyes of the Lord range throughout…”
2 Chronicles 16
Good King Jehoshaphat (Asa’s Son)
2 Chronicles 17.1 – 11; 2 Chronicles 20
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