A Powerful Pattern of Prayer There are 650 prayers contained in the Bible. We can learn much about the power of prayer by studying these prayers, looking at who prayed them and observing the circumstances in which they were prayed. In 2 Chronicles 20 we find the nation of Judah in deep trouble surrounded by several enemy nations who are conspiring to attack. The King of Judah, Jehoshaphat, is a good king but the scriptures tell us he was filled with fear. In his desperation, Jehoshaphat calls on the entire nation to turn to the Lord in prayer and fasting. As Jehoshaphat stands and leads the people in calling out to God, we see that he has a very strategic and powerful pattern to his prayer. Jehoshaphat begins his prayer by worshipping God for His omnipotence and supremacy by praying, “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.” (2 Chronicles 20:6). By starting his prayer this way Jehoshaphat redirects the focus of the people from the threats of their enemies to their awesome, unconquerable God. Next in his prayer, Jehoshaphat recounts how faithfully God has provided in the past by praying, “Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?” (2 Chronicles 20:7). Here, Jehoshaphat is reminding God’s people that God is always faithful and always keeps His promises. The way Jehoshaphat closes his prayer models for us the kind of humility and surrender that God honors. He closes by praying, “For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12). Here, Jehoshaphat is modeling for the people a heart that desires God’s will and God’s way as he places their entire situation back into the hands of the Lord. As chapter 20 goes on to report, God honored and answered this prayer of Jehoshaphat’s by completely destroying the enemies of Judah as the people worshipped and trusted in God alone. As we grow in prayer and as intercessors, this prayer by Jehoshaphat is a powerful model for us to emulate as we seek to make ourselves small, make God big, and always place the battle back into His hands.