So often we struggle because we cannot get our eyes off our own circumstances and onto God!
During my junior and high school years, my dad was transferred with his job. I had to move in the middle of 8th grade and after my 10th grade year. Though I had grown up in the church, I felt like I was without God’s help, I struggled in many ways to see beyond my current circumstances. I did not understand the access we have to God through prayer.
Even after coming to real faith in Jesus, I have had numerous situations that challenge me in my daily faith walk. I have to ask myself, will I try to do it on my own or will I “lift my eyes” and pray to God for help?
King Jehoshaphat’s humbled spirit led him to a posture to experience God’s deliverance as he faced a huge army. Verse 12 in 2 Chronicles 20 reveals posture #2: “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (NIV).
The second posture: Lifted Eyes
In my family, “armies” have been health challenges, difficulties our children have gone through, or personnel difficulties in various jobs and leadership challenges. When people disagree with decisions made or the path forward, we have the option of looking to God and finding strength in Him as my “Audience of One,” or looking to the opinions of others. What choice will you make?
The posture of lifted eyes was key for Jehoshaphat, and it is key for us if we are to experience God’s deliverance and power in our lives. Lift your eyes, and pray.
Think about an issue, event, or challenge in your life that you haven’t yet brought to God. Is there anything you would say to God about your rhythm (or lack thereof) of prayer?