Have you ever approached the Lord in your prayer time, and you didn't really know what to talk to Him about first? Not really because you didn't have anything on your heart, but rather the opposite - because you were so overwhelmed and hit from all directions, that you didn't even know the best way to give it to Him?
Yeah, that was the atmosphere I faced as I approached His throne this morning.
First of all, prayer isn't a time to think of all that burdens you and the ways you are telling God that you are going to handle it. It is a time of giving it, casting it, committing it to Him. Recognize who you are spending time with...the One who created the universe is not overwhelmed by what overwhelms you. What beats you down to the point that you can't lift your eyes to Him in confidence is no match for Him.
What stirred in me as I sat with Him this morning was the account of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. He was king of Judah, and he faced some pretty overwhelming circumstances. The people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir decided to come against Judah together. Three nations at one time. I'm sure that as king he felt the pressure of coming up with a strategy to protect and defend his people, his city, his kingdom. So what did he do? What would you do?
I'm not gonna lie, my natural response when I become overwhelmed with stress or attack is to want to run and hide, to shut down and duck into a corner. Of course, the enemy knows my natural response, and he tries to get this from me each time. Which makes me all the more look to the Word and see what I need to do instead.
King Jehoshaphat turned to the Lord. He proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah, and they sought the Lord. One of my favorite verses to quote came from his mouth in prayer:
"For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."
When you don't know what to do, make sure your eyes are upon Him. He is the only One who does know what to do. He's got this.
Fast forward to the end of the story - all three of those nations took out each other. Judah just came up to gather the spoils, and it took them three days to do it! They didn't have to fight, because the Lord fought for them. I daresay that when you commit your battles to Him, He will fight for you, too.
Just show up, stand still, and praise your God - watch Him take what overwhelms you and handle it.
Father, I commit my life and my battles to You. I know that You perfect what concerns me. When I don't know what to do, I choose to set my eyes on You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Chronicles 20:1-30