A number of years ago, a friend and I decided to prayer walk in Portland, Maine. That morning, the Lord showed me the phrase “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His faithful love endures forever.”
This verse is contained in Psalm 107:1, Psalm 118 and and Psalm 136. I felt we were to say it at every intersection as we walked along Congress Street.
Later as I read Derek Prince’s book, “Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting,” he described the story of King Jehoshaphat’s supernatural victory over the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites.
Judah was greatly outnumbered. I was very excited to see how this declaration played a critical part in Judah’s supernatural victory. See the full story in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.
- Jehoshaphat sought the Lord for guidance and declared a FAST for all of Judah – men, women, and children.
- People gathered from the towns of Judah to Jerusalem to seek the Lord.
- Jehoshaphat prayed, reminding God of his promises to Abraham. He said, Lord, we don’t know what to do; we are looking to You for help.
- Jahaziel received a message from the Lord: “Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours but God’s.” You will not even need to fight, stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” The King and the people worshipped and then praised the Lord.
- After consulting with the leaders, Jehoshaphat appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing and praising the Lord for his holy splendor. They sang: “GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD: HIS FAITHFUL LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!”
A Supernatural Victory
At the moment the singers began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the enemy armies to start fighting among themselves. When the army of Judah arrived, the ground was littered with dead bodies. Not one of the enemy had escaped!
Seeking the Lord, praising Him and giving Him thanks will also conquer our enemies. The battle is His. Watch Him work!
DLH – April 8, 2002