When faced with utter destruction and doom to himself and his people Jehoshaphat turned his voice and attentions to God. He laid himself before the Lord in an act of faith and trust saying, "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you," (2 Chron. 20:12). His prayer rings true today. We face circumstances which seem impossible from our view, but God is just as powerful now as he was then. Learn to look past life's storms and trust in a loving God. 145 pages, softcover from P & R Publishing.
The Prayer of Jehoshaphat develops King Jehoshaphats prayer in 2 Chronicles 20 to give us focus, stability, strength, courage and direction in times of great distress. In the overwhelming circumstances that enter our lives, it directs us to take hold of the hand of our God who leads us from the point of crisis to gather up his blessings for us deposited by the storm. Each chapter can serve as a workstation where we bring others or linger ourselves with God, wrestling with the perspective brought to bear on our need, as we follow the movement from bleakness to blessing.
Stanley D. Gale serves as senior minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He has authored a number of works on spiritual warfare, including Warfare Witness: Contending with Spiritual Opposition in Everyday Evangelism.
One of the most important lessons we need to learn is how to let Scripture shape our praying. Pastor Stan Gale thoughtfully teaches us how : to do that by using the prayer of Jehoshaphat. All will benefit from the book, but those in the midst of major crises will find it particularly helpful.
God is honored when His children turn to Him in faithful prayer in times of distress. Too often, however, the force of trouble's impact stuns us into shocked silence. Where do we find our "prayer voice" when our world lies in shambles, fear paralyzes our thinking, and vicious foes threaten everything we hold dear? Stan Gale points us to the prayer of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. His rich insights into God's instruction on prayer provides encouraging and practical help for those who desire to pray with God's perspective for the greater display of His glory in the midst of all manner of trying circumstances.
Stan Gale is a fine guide, partner, and pastor as he directs our attention to Jehoshaphats wonderful prayer. He sets a pace that allows us to use the prayer rather than merely know it. The mark of a good book is one that can change the way we pray. According to that criteria, for me, this is certainly a very fine book.
Stan Gale's book on the prayer of Jehoshaphat came to me at critical moment in my life. I confess that I had given scarce attention to this prayer prior to reading his book. God used the book to encourage me deeply in a time of suffering. Stan's attention to the spiritual and biblical theological dimensions of this prayer focused me and brought life to me. God's lordship and concern for his people struck me afresh. I was reminded, through the words of the prayer: "We don't know what to do, but our eyes are on You." God is faithful, even though we cannot see the outcome. He is the one to whom we look for answers. The book points us afresh to Christ as the one who answers our prayers in the midst of great suffering and challenge and in the everyday challenges we face. It is a lively, life-giving book, for which I am grateful in my own life.
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