Summary: This sermon shows us what to do when we are facing a very difficult situation.
Where Does My Help Come From?
8 And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah who carried shields and spears, and from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men who carried shields and drew bows; all these were mighty men of valor.
9Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah.
10So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
11And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, "LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!"
12So the LORD struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.
13And Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to Gerar. So the Ethiopians were overthrown, and they could not recover, for they were broken before the LORD and His army. And they carried away very much spoil.
14Then they defeated all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the LORD came upon them; and they plundered all the cities, for there was exceedingly much spoil in them.
15They also attacked the livestock enclosures, and carried off sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
Seven years ago, my dear wife Pat was told she had cancer.
She was told she had about 5 years to live.
Can you imagine how she must have felt?
I know how I felt, but it must have been much worse for her.
Cancer became Pat’s enemy that she had to face.
What do you suppose Pat did?
She did what King Asa did.
King Asa was facing an enemy nearly 3 times his army’s size.
Asa was faced with approaching defeat,
but Asa did something that many of us today forget to do.
Enemies are real to the Christian.
Satan is an enemy to anyone who is a Christian.
The Bible says that our enemies are not flesh and blood.
They are “principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places”.
Yes, there are enemies, but there is also our God!
Let’s so what we can learn from King Asa and his prayer.
Point #1. When facing the enemy, we must pray.
11 And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, "LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!"
We’ve all heard the saying,
when things get tough, the tough keep going.
No, when things get tough, we need to keep praying.
Far too often when trouble comes,
God’s people pray only as a last resort.
Many Christian’s prayer life increases greatly
when the enemy comes.
Christians are not to only pray when the battles come.
They are to be prayed up already when the battle comes.
When a law was passed against Daniel’s prayer life,
he did not increase his prayer time!
He simply did as he had always done.
King Asa prayed, and God listened to him.
The main reason Christians do not get their prayers answered
is not necessarily because of sin in their lives.
It’s because they do not pray.
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'
To get the answer, we must call.
King Asa called and God answered.
Point #2. When the enemy comes, we must believe.
11 And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, "LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us,
Asa didn’t ask God, “Is it nothing for You to help?”
He stated plainly, “It IS nothing for You to help.”
That was not a statement of faith.
It was a statement of fact!
Asa believed God was big enough and powerful enough
to take care of the enemy.
When the children of Israel sent 12 men to spy out Canaan,
10 brought back an bad report while 2 trusted in the Lord.
To the ten, Canaan could not be conquered
because of the size of the Canaanites.
In the same way, Asa saw how large the Ethiopian army was
compared to his own armu,
but he knew the Lord was bigger and more powerful