Once there was a king of Judah named Jehoshaphat who gave us an example of prayer. In fact, Jehoshaphat got his entire nation to fast and pray. What was the occasion? His enemies were coming to attack them! The Moabites and Ammonites and others were on their way. So, Jehoshaphat got up before the people and God, and he prayed…
“O LORD, God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You…” He EXALTED the Lord!
“O our God, did You not drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham Your friend?” He UNDERSTOOD their story.
“…we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear us and save us.” He claimed God’s PROMISES.
“O our God, will You not judge them? 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 upon You.” He PETITIONed the Lord.
And God gave Jehoshaphat and the people this CALL and PROMISE…”Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s… You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you. ”
While they were still waiting to see the results of their prayers, the people THANKED the Lord…“Give thanks to the LORD, for His love endures forever.”
As they were singing and praising His Name, their enemies killed each other, and God’s people were saved.
And that is an example of an Old Testament TEA CUPP. You can read the whole story in 2 Chronicles 20 (NIV).
Enjoy your TEA CUPP prayers with Jesus today!