Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, "LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you."
2 Chronicles 14:11
For past few weeks, I have come across many people who have been struggling in life…Some of them struggle in their family life…some in their work, some fight with their sickness, some others strive to get a job…Like that if you look around, we see that people are facing challenges and battles everyday of their lives. Have you ever wondered why these things happen in a believer’s life? Whatever be the reasons behind the battle, I have seen them come out victoriously…Not because they were capable enough to fight their own battles..but because the Mighty One was with them.
Today, I would like to take your attention to a prayer that King Asa prayed during a battle he faced. From 2 Chronicles chapter 14, we understand that King Asa was a true believer. As a part of his reformation, he destroyed the high places and altars of idol worship and ordered the people of Judah to return to their true worship of the Living God. During the first ten years of his reign, the country experienced peace and there was no war. During those years of peace, Asa build up the town, put walls around them with bars, towers and gates. Meantime, He trained an army of 580,000 men for war. Though they were armed with small shields and bows, they were brave fighting men.
After those years of peace without war, Zerah, an Ethiopian King marched out against them in war. They had a very large army of million men and three hundred chariots. In today’s language, we say that the technology they used was more advanced when compared to the people of Judah. It is like fighting between an army with machine guns and an army with bows and arrows. While the people of Judah prepared for this battle against the Ethiopian King, Asa prayed this powerful and personal prayer.
Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, "LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.
If you carefully look into this prayer of Asa, you will understand three things…
He understood his incapability. King Asa realized that he and his army was powerless when compared to the enemy. They were 580,000 men, His enemy were almost a million men. While the army of Judah used shields and bows, the opponent used chariots. There were difference in strengths and resources. Being a King, he was willing to submit his inabilities before His Lord.
Beyond his insufficiency, Asa realized who was with them…THE LIVING GOD. Asa was not scared to go for a battle looking into his inabilities…rather he was confident about this God who was with them. Asa realized that just the name of this living God is more than enough to face any supernatural enemy. He trusted in this God who is able to save with many and less.
More than winning the battle, Asa was concerned about the reputation of God if they prevailed. He wanted to win the battle just because he cannot stand the enemy claiming that they have defeated the living God…That was his main concern. No matter what, he wanted to uplift the name of God before his enemies.
Today if you are going through some kind of battle and you do not know how to move forward…spend some time in prayer. Ask God to help you. Its not your abilities or inabilities that result in the victory. It is just the mere presence of God with you that matters. Realize the strength of God on your side. Many of us make the mistake of running to God when everything else is not working…but remember, for our battles, He is the BEST SOLUTION AND THE ONLY SOLUTION. Be careful not to let the enemy defeat you and ridicule the name of the Lord that you carry. Watch out your words, actions and deeds so that the enemy will not have anything to claim on you and prevail against God. When you completely trust on this God for a victory in that area of your struggle, you will see the enemy defeated and His name glorified.
You have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4)