By: Ella Cleveland
Readings: Psalm 105:1-15 42; 2 Chronicles 20:1-22; Luke 13:22-31
The Moabites and Ammonites were threatening to make war on Jehoshafat, the fourth king of Judah, in 800 BC. Jehoshafat’s model prayer is featured in 2 Chronicles, chapter 20; it consists of awe, praise, thanks, petitions, and intercessions. It ends, in verse 12b with, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
Three thousand years later, this verse was cherished by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, key founding member of the Confessing Church, and martyr. After spending two years in various prison camps, Bonhoeffer was executed on April 9, 1945, one week before the end of WWII.
Jehoshafat’s prayer was heard by God, and the Spirit of God responded to Jehoshafat–and Bonhoeffer, and us–with this, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.” (Verse 17b)
God will be with you no matter what battles you are facing.