The Prayer of Asa

We’ve been studying Paul’s prayer for the Colossians on Sunday mornings of late. The Old Testament is filled with fodder for our prayer closets as well. The “prayer of Jabez” (I Chron. 4:9-10) made waves several years back, though unfortunately people seemed to use that prayer as a magic talisman that supposedly forced God’s hand. There is another prayer that the Chronicler records, the prayer of Asa (actually, there are many such prayers, and you would do well to search the Scriptures to find them).

Asa, King Solomon’s great-grandson, was a righteous king in Judah, and brought great religious reforms to the country (I Chron. 14:1-8). But the rest that Yahweh had given him was broken by the appearance of Zerah the Ethiopian, who came against him with one million men and 300 chariots. Asa realized the tenuousness and precariousness of his situation, and called out to Yahweh, “Yahweh, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, Yahweh our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. Yahweh, You are our God; let not man prevail against You” (I Chron. 14:11). Yahweh rose up to answer Asa’s prayer and rout the Ethiopians before Asa.

Asa’s utter dependence, his acknowledgement of weakness, and his confession of faith and trust in the Lord are lessons we all need to learn in the school of prayer.



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