“We do not know what to do…” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
Because people then and now expect leaders to have all the answers, this was an astonishing prayer of humility before the nation. Most leaders pretend to have the answers, even if they have no idea what to do. Jehoshaphat’s prayer of humility was the sort of prayer that attracts the Lord’s attention. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Father, I thank you that I don’t have to have all the answers before I pray. I come to you, trusting that you know all things. I humble myself before you and ask you to show me how to pray according to your will.
–Adapted from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts
Praise the Lord for being your shepherd (Psalm 23). Give thanks for those refreshing times when you experience “green pastures” and “quiet waters.” Confess any dissatisfaction concerning God’s care for you. Commit yourself to faithfully following the Good Shepherd in every area of your life. Ask God to “strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3).
Ask the Good Shepherd to touch the lives of those who have not yet put their trust in him. Pray that they may experience his loving and redeeming care.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend