Summary: This sermon shares four keys to finding victory through prayer.
Are you looking to find victory in some area of your life? I think that is a dream within the heart of every person. All of us would like to know that we are experiencing victory with God. I read about a pastor who had a five-year-old daughter. The daughter noticed that every time her dad walked to the pulpit to preach he would bow his head for a moment before preaching. The little girl noticed that he did this every time he got up to preach. One day after the service she asked her dad, “Why do you bow your head right before you preach your sermon?” “Well Honey” the preacher answered, “I am asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.” She looked up at her father and asked, “Then how come he doesn’t do it?” (Contributed to Sermon Central by Dan Cormie) That little girl was not sure that her daddy’s prayers were connecting.
Victory is something that all of us desire! Each of us have struggles through which we would like to find victory. For some it may be a habit. For some it may be a family situation. For some it may be a health issue. For some it may be a job. Regardless of the issue, victory is the goal. In the spiritual realm, prayer is the key that unlocks the door. We are going to look at a man who found victory through prayer. The text is found in II Chronicles 20. I want you to see the before and after of the story. The before is found in verses 2-3. “Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; already they are at Hazazon-tamar” (that is, En-gedi). Jehoshaphat was afraid; he set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” The after is found in verse 30. “The realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.” Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah found victory through prayer.
Before dealing with this text I would like to make an observation. Jehoshaphat was afraid because of conditions in his country. That is true in our country today. I am not here to plant seeds of fear. However, I would not be truthful if I did not recognize the presence of much fear in our country. We have just celebrated our nation’s birthday. I believe you would agree, our nation is facing significant trials. We need prayer. In this passage we learn some important lessons. A proper understanding of prayer is vital in our finding victory.
Joke: The story is told about two men who were walking through a field when they spotted an enraged bull. They immediately ran toward the nearest fence. The bull ran after them in hot pursuit, and they realized that they were not going to make the safety of the fence. Terrified, one man shouted to his friend, “Say a prayer, John. We’re in trouble” John said, “I’ve never prayed out loud before. I don’t know what to say. “But you have
to” yelled his companion; “The bull is catching up to us.” “All right,” said John, as he ran with all his might; “I’ll say the only prayer I know. My father used to say it at the table: Oh Lord, for what we are about to receive, make us truly thankful.”