By Gordon P. Robertson, CEO, The Christian Broadcasting Network
A friend from Malaysia recently called to say he felt impressed by the Lord to pray for America. He shared an encouraging word from 2 Chronicles 20—the story of how King Jehoshaphat led his nation to a great victory through prayer and thanksgiving.
Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever” (vv. 20-21).
In Hebrew, Praise the Lord means Hallelujah! And what happened when the tribe of Judah began praying, believing God, and singing Hallelujah? Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people … who had come against Judah; and they were defeated (v. 22).
Christianity is all about believing God. We call Abraham the father of our faith because he believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness (Romans 4:3).
We believe Jesus was born to a virgin, He lived a sinless life, and His blood was divine. We believe He died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the grave for our justification. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, and we will spend eternity with Him. This is why we should believe in the hope and the joy of the future!
Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28).
If you are facing any kind of problem or difficulty, use praise as a weapon of warfare. Start believing that His mercy is on you and His deliverance draws near. Start believing that He loves you infinitely, that He died for you, and that He wants you to be with Him for all eternity.
Rejoice over God’s deliverance, salvation, mercy, and holiness. When you start believing God, it will be accounted to you for righteousness. If you are looking for victory, begin to sing! And if you are lacking a song in your heart, ask God—He will give you a song to sing.As Job 35:10 says, God my Maker, who gives songs in the night. We serve a great and awesome God. He is bigger than any trouble we are facing today—in our own lives (and in America).
So today, resolve to say, This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).
Give Him thanks as you await His deliverance. Look to the heavens, for your redemption draws near. God bless you.