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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 14, 2021

Daily Reading: II Chronicles 13-17


II Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.


What a prayer! Masterful. Asa was the great grandson of Solomon and the son of Abijah; interestingly he is listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:7-8). For most of his reign Asa demonstrated faith and trust in the Lord God of the Hebrews. However at the end he slipped which is a warning to all to not presume that being faithful today assures that faith tomorrow. For, faith is a continual lifelong battle that must be waged and won day by day.


Yet, Asa's prayer above is miraculous. He cried unto the Lord. We do not know if this speaks of a loud voice or crying with tears. But we do know that sometimes our tears water seeds of requests made, allowing them to grow into reality. Prayers that are moved from the spiritual realm to physical fulfillment are oftentimes prayers that are spoken through the stains of tears on the face. This king's prayer contains two great truths: it is nothing with thee to help, and such help is not dependent upon numbers or power of those numbers.


Asa puts his request simply; help us. Two words that are simply spoken yet powerful beyond measure. For we rest on thee. One time in prayer when I had nowhere else to go I simply told the Lord that if He did not help me, I would have no help. This is the degree of dependence that prayers need. Total and complete dependence.


This good king, at the time, ended this short prayer with the most astonishing statement. Let not man prevail against thee. In this phrase this man transfers all results from himself to the Lord. He communicates that the battle is no longer his. For he has transferred all hope of victory to the Lord God. If the struggle is won, God would be the victor. If the battle is lost God would be the loser, He would have been defeated by mankind. This is an amazingly insightful and bold prayer. He put all on notice. God will win or lose. He would prevail or be prevailed upon.


He prevailed.


Over twenty years ago a person told me that if I continued to preach the way I do that the church would be closed in a matter of months. I replied to that individual, "If that happens, the last thing I will do on the way out is to put on our sign that God is dead, it doesn't work anymore." Arrogant, perhaps, but it was the way I felt then, and the way I feel today. God is not dead; He is still winning victories for His people both large and small. By the way, Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it, except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Yes, He is still on the job; building, defending, providing, sustaining, leading, training, fighting, and just doing great things for the people who simply say help me, believing He will, and being bold enough to proclaim it.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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