Welcome to our prayer devotions
Psalm 100 encourages us to ‘enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise’, and this is foundational to everything we do at MAF.
Every flight begins with prayer before take-off because God is, and always will be, at the centre of all we do.
As we begin this series of monthly prayer devotionals, it seems fitting to ‘enter in’ with thanksgiving and praise, to focus on who God is and what He has done – expectant of all He promises to do.
We hope you find the monthly prayer devotionals both inspiring and challenging. It is our prayer that you will increase your knowledge of God’s power, His love and His plans for the world we live in.
As we partner together, let’s do so expecting God to hear our prayers and answer them and that His power and glory will be known here on earth as they are in heaven.
Thank you for journeying with us to see help, hope and healing across the nations. Remember, your prayers go even further than our planes do!
19 May 2017
In 2 Chronicles 20:1-3 we read of the reaction of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, when he received word that an alliance of three vast armies were coming to attack. Understandably, he was terrified.
A faithful man of God
King Jehoshaphat was a faithful man of God, devoted to the ways of the Lord. He had strengthened Judah to stand against attacks from Israel.
He had sent out teachers and priests to declare the word of the Lord.
He had appointed Judges, telling them to ‘always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart’ (19:9 NLT).
He was a good man. He didn’t deserve this. Yet he found himself under attack.
When we find ourselves facing undeserved opposition, we can become overwhelmed and adopt a ‘Why me?’ attitude. We can even get angry and blame God.
A call to pray
King Jehoshaphat, however, chose a different response. He called a national prayer meeting, asking his people to fast.
As the people gathered, he prayed, ‘O LORD, God of our ancestors, You alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against You!’
He fixed his eyes on who God is, rather than focusing on the impending attack.
He remembered what God had done before: ‘Did You not drive out those who lived in this land when Your people Israel arrived? And did You not give this land forever to the descendants of Your friend Abraham?’
And he brought his problem to God – admitting his own weaknesses and vulnerability.
Do we do this?
Dependency on God
Often our great dependency on God is revealed in times of opposition; in those times when we’re unable to keep fighting alone.
The story continues with the Spirit of the Lord coming upon a man called Jahaziel. He spoke the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s... stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.’
When we come together to seek God, He encourages us and guides us.
What they did next was incredible. They worshipped!
We don’t worship in response to His presence – His loving presence responds when we come before Him in worship
King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah knew the secret of lifting their hearts above their troubles and entering into God’s presence. Their response provided a channel for God’s power to operate.
Psalm 22:3 reminds us God inhabits the praises of His people. We don’t worship in response to His presence – His loving presence responds when we come before Him in worship.
Verse 22 of 2 Chronicles 20 tells us that at the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies to turn against each other, and all were killed.
Sweet fragrance of affection
The fragrance of our affections, our praises to the most high King, repels the darkness of the enemy – bringing God’s light, love and redemption in its place.
- There is power in our praise and worship.
- There is power in our responding.
- There is power in our standing.
Paul and Silas knew this power as they sat chained and beaten in a dark, dingy cell. Their choice to pray and worship, despite their circumstances, saw the earthquake come, the doors fling open, the shackles fall off and – more poignantly – through choosing to remain where they were, salvation come to the prison guard and his family.
- There is power when we join together to pray for the work and people of MAF.
- There is power when we share stories of God’s provision and breakthrough.
- There is power when we declare the promises of God to restore the land.
- There is power when we admit our weakness and dependence on the Lord.
Power of praise
For further encouragement on the power of praise, check out this short testimony from MAF Pilot Israel Neale.
As you ponder the power of praise and worship, ask the Lord to direct your prayers to one of the countries in which we serve.
Seek His heart for the people of that country, our partners and for the MAF staff serving there. Let’s stand together for the things that are yet unseen, giving glory to our King!
Share what the Lord has spoken to you with our Prayer Communications Leader, Victoria Fagg by emailing her so we can join you in praying for those God lays on your heart – praising Him for all He intends to do.