Shannon’s husband abandoned her for another woman and left her with two children and tons of debt. Shannon felt abused and used. She was heartbroken, bitter, and enraged. The emotional and financial toll felt like she was fighting an uphill battle. How would she ever move this mountain of despair and hopelessness?
What mountains are you facing that you need to move?
A child battling chronic illness? A pregnant teenager? Perhaps your rent is due, but you can’t support yourself and your family because you were laid off. Maybe, like Shannon, you are dealing with the stress of marital and family conflicts.
Life’s problems often derail our well-made plans. It feels like a great multitude is against us. How can we tap into the power of prayer to help us?
Perhaps we can learn from King Jehoshaphat’s experience when he was under attack by a vast army (2 Chronicles 20:20).
How can you pray to move mountains like Jehoshaphat?
A Prayer that Moves Mountains
To move the mountains in our lives, like Jehoshaphat, we fight from a position of victory because we know God is for us and on our side. No matter the nature or size of the mountain, it is helpful to remember that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us (Romans 8: 31-39). Let’s break down Jehoshaphat’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 20.
1. Have the mindset of a victor.
Like Jehoshaphat, resolve to stand firm in the Lord. Remember, you have overwhelming victory in Christ (Romans 8:37)
2. Seek the Lord.
Declare a fast if needed. Invite trusted prayer warriors to partner with you in prayer and fasting.
3. Recall what you know about God.
Get alone with God and focus on His character and promises. Over the years, I developed a habit of writing down the attributes of God when I read the scripture. I keep this list in my Bible and use it in my prayer time. Jehoshaphat recalled what he knew about God as he petitioned for help (2 Chronicles 20:5-9). We, too, can base our prayers for deliverance on God’s unchanging Word. Stand on His Word.
4. State the facts of your situation.
For Judah, the fact is a mighty army from three nations was about to invade their land. They didn’t deny reality. What are the facts about your mountain? A marriage in serious trouble? Chronic health problems and doctors give you little hope? Dysfunctional relationships with constant conflict?
Now look beyond the facts. Turn your face to the Lord God of heaven and trust him with your mountain. Nothing is impossible with God (2 Chron 20:6).
5. Recall what God has done for you in the past.
Your heavenly Father does not change like shifting shadows. He hears your heart’s cries and will respond. Sometimes he works behind the scenes in ways we cannot see. Remember a little history of how you’ve seen God at work in your circumstances in the past (2 Chronicles 20:7).
6. Present your needs with confidence
O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help (2 Chronicles 20:12).
Pray with confidence and allow your fears to drive you to your knees and trigger your faith. Often if I don’t give up my problematic mountains to God, I get overwhelmed. The key is to surrender to God, not to our circumstances
7. Wait and listen
After praying, wait and listen (2 Chronicles 20:13-15). The Lord will give you the strategy for your spiritual battle. It could be a word or scripture to stand on; It could be a song or how to pray for your situation. Resolve to do whatever the Lord tells you. He rewards our obedience.
8. Worship while waiting
Worship is an essential key to fighting spiritual warfare and moving mountains (2 Chronicles 20:18). God is with you. Trust him to move your mountain and bring deliverance in his time and way. His answer may come in ways that differ from what you imagine. Praise God while waiting; remember his goodness and faithfulness. Look up. Praise unlocks the power of God to move mountains.
Friend, no matter the mountains we face, like Jehoshaphat, we too can pray with confidence and trust our heavenly Father to come to our aid (2 Chronicles 20:15).
Prayers that move mountains depend on God and our willingness to trust Him.
Share a scripture verse that’s helped you move a mountain in your life. Share in the comments.
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