Monday, September 19, 2011

God!

With the people of Judah assembled around him and the enemy army advancing against him, King Jehoshaphat offered one of the greatest prayers in the Bible.

The prayer begins in 2nd Chronicles 20:6, “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.”

We must be reminded today that God is in heaven! In verse 6, King Jehoshaphat was reminding himself and everyone present that God “is” not God was and that God is “in heaven”! The fact that God is in heaven does something special to and for our prayers!

Let me explain!

Our God is referred to as a, “God who is” 167 times in the New International Version alone. God is. Not God was. Not God will be. Not God could be. Not God should be, but God is. THAT IS REALITY AND THAT REALITY ADDS POTENCY TO OUR PRAYERS! Our God is the God of the present tense and He is more than able to hear and answer our prayers. His status as a “right now God” is the very ground upon which prayer stands. After all, who wants to pray to a fairy tale! Our God is more than just a figment of our imagination! Hallelujah! Prayer is not an exercise in futility! Because God is real, prayer is real!

During that great challenge, King Jehoshaphat also celebrated the fact that God is in heaven.

God’s position makes prayer powerful! The fact that God is in heaven tells us that He is above all things. Here is the truth. Anything that is over our head is under God’s feet! Our God is the only one that can claim such greatness! Who is God to you this morning? Is He big or is He small? Is He all-powerful or is He a wimp?

A passenger jet was suffering through a severe thunderstorm.

As the passengers were being bounced around by the turbulence, a young woman turned to a minister sitting next to her and asked, "Reverend, you are a man of God, can't you do something about this storm?"  To which he replied, "Lady, I am in sales, not management."

Our Father is today and He is in Heaven. We are in sales. It is our job to keep reminding each other – and a lost world -- that our Father is capable of helping us with any situation and that He is in heaven above every situation in our lives!  When the going gets tough, we must not allow each other to forget just whom we are praying to!

King Jehoshaphat knew what all of us must come to know. Life is more than just a roll of the dice. God has great things in store for His people. His people ought to have large expectations.

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