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Let Your Praise Go First


What do you do when the circumstances of life have shut down your praise? As we begin this season of 21 days of prayer and fasting, here are four lessons we can learn from Jehoshaphat.

1. Determine to Seek the Lord. (2 Chronicles 20:3-4)

Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

2. Admit that You Need Heavens Help (2 Chronicles 20:12-13)

"Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.

3. Step Into Your Key Position (2 Chronicles 20:17)

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”

4. Activate your praise (2 Chronicles 20:21)

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”

The atmosphere of fasting, prayer and worship is conducive for hearing clearly from the Lord. Our prayer over the next 21 days is that we would hear clearly from the Lord and respond in bold worship and praise.