There is a very interesting verse in 1 Chronicles 5, it is verse 20, and it goes like this:
“They were helped in fighting them, and God handed the Hagrites and all their allies over to them, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers because they trusted in him.”
What makes this verse so interesting is the place where it is in Scripture. For this verse is in a 9 chapters long family tree, genealogy of the tribes of Israel. It is there because this was a hall mark of the Reubenites, Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh.
They went into battle, and they cried out to God. They waged their battles not in their own strength but in the strength of the Lord! The significance is not just in trusting in God but that they prayed during the battle! Pretty sure they had a strategy, but they made time to pray too! Prayer was just as much important and reliable ‘weapon’ for them as their shields, swords, and bows (verse 18). They were trained for battle (verse 18), but they were trained for spiritual warfare too, they PRAYED in battle.
You might have a strategy for life, work, for your smaller and larger battles, you might be well trained for them, but as a disciple of Jesus Christ, as a Christian do you also pray during your battles?
We are calling you as our brothers and sisters, as members of our church family let us pray together at our Summer Day of Prayer. We as a church have got our skills, gifts, and some training too, but we have got our battles as well (adjusting to new ways of being church because of covid infections; church building redevelopment; confronting ungodly, non-Scriptural influences; mission; care; children’s and youth work; etc.). We are calling you to join in at the Day of Prayer (10:00 to 22:00, Saturday 29 May) to pray during the ‘battle.’ It is good to work for the Lord, but let us not forget it is His work, and we need to pray while we do it. We can accomplish His work, His victories not by our own strength but only by His grace, His Spirit, His strength. (Zechariah 4:6)
Find out more about our Day of Prayer-Summer and Sign up for a prayer time by clicking the buttons below. Let us all pray, trusting the Lord! And we will see His amazing works among us!