Always stay in faith after you pray.
Tomorrow go down: behold they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. – 2 Chronicles 20:16-17
Set yourself, stand ye still. That doesn’t mean that you’re inactive, but you’re actively standing in faith. Now, after God has gotten through speaking to them, verse 18 says And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.
That’s the proper protocol when seeking God for an answer.
Always thank God and worship God for showing up on your behalf. The Spirit of God said to me when He was dealing with me about this, “There’s been a whole lot of praying in the church, but very little praising and worshipping.” It’s good to pray, but we need to balance out our prayer life with our praise and worship life. Put it in the proper perspective. Pray, yes, ask God, but begin to praise and worship Him, glorify Him, magnify Him.
Verse 19 says, “And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.” They weren’t quiet about it. Before you see the answer, get happy. Get in faith and just start praising God. Act like it’s already done, because it is.
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper – 2 Chronicles 20:20
The king gave some instructions. God has prophets today that speak and give instructions and if you’ll follow those instructions, you will be established and you will prosper, in the name of Jesus. How do you know? the Bible says so.
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. – 2 Chronicles 20:21
King Jehoshaphat consulted with the people, gave them instructions, and told them what he wanted them to hear. He didn’t put the warriors on the front because he wasn’t fighting the battle. He put the worshippers on the frontline because God was fighting the battle and they had to do their part, which is worship.They’re praising and worshipping the Lord, they’re not even there in the battle. They’re not even thinking about a battle, they’re praising and worshipping God.
And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. – 2 Chronicles 20:22
When they started to worship, the Lord went to work for them. It didn’t happen when they believed what the Lord said and just sat around doing nothing. It happened when they started to praise and worship the Lord. While you’re singing, praising, worshipping, and glorifying God – the Lord is fighting your battle for you.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. – 2 Chronicles 20:23-24
The devil’s not going to be able to take anything you got. He may try to come and take it away, but when God shows up on the scene – they bit the dust. He isn’t carrying off anything that belongs to God. Ain’t scared. That’s your motto, Ain’t scared. The devil is defeated.
Verse 25 tells us, “And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away:” There was more than they could carry away. More than they could carry away. More than they could carry away. And they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. Notice that they didn’t ask God for spoils, they didn’t ask God for an abundance of anything. They just wanted to overcome the enemies. God liked what they did by obeying Him so much and obeying His Word, He blessed them every other way.
When you start obeying God and follow His protocol, everything else lines up. You’ll be three days in carrying away the spoil. You’ll have to get a bunch of dump trucks to haul it away. When you obey God, God is going to bring you out the other side. They didn’t even have to ask Him for any of these precious jewels and gold and everything. God just showed up with them because He enjoyed what they were doing. When you obey God and you look at it from the proper perspective and say “none is able to withstand Thee” That will be your day of victory.