Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Prayer of Asa

A few years back Bruce Wilkinson had a best-selling book based on 1 Chronicles 4:9-10’s "The Prayer of Jabez" (with bad theology; see Greg Gilbert’s review).

As I was reading through the Chronicles, I came across "The Prayer of Asa" in 2 Chronicles 14:11:

And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, "LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!"

This God-centered prayer might be a fitting subject for a devotional book, but its sales would likely lag behind Jabez. The Lord can help with many or with few (those with no power). He is sovereign, and man cannot prevail against Him.

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