A Time to be Born

Two more babies will soon be born into our family. We’re praying about their births.

Here’s why: “The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth” (Psalm 29:9). If what God says influences deer to go into labor, His voice can certainly influence a pregnant mom!

Job’s prayer shows God’s sovereignty over birth: “Why did you bring me out of the womb?” (Job 10:18).

How to pray when you’ve been unfaithful

God’s people had been unfaithful.  The king commanded them to cleanse the temple. Then they made sin offerings. After that they brought thank offerings and sacrifices to God (read the story in 2 Chronicles 29).

Follow their example if you have been unfaithful. Stop your sinning, make restitution, be thankful for God’s forgiveness and present your bodies a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).

A Place of Blessing

Afraid of an approaching army, Jehoshaphat prayed, “We are powerless . . . we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12).

The Lord responded through the prophet Zechariah, “Do not be afraid. The battle is not yours but God’s. Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of God” (from 2 Chronicles 20:15-17).

Jehoshaphat appointed singers to lead his army singing, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever” (2 Chronicles 20:21). They defeated the enemy and called the place the Valley of Beracah.

Prayer and praise turned a battleground into a place of blessing.