Does It Pay To Pray?
“So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead. And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle. Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel. And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him. For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.” (2 Chronicles 18:28-32)
Today’s Morsel: One of the first lessons I can remember my parents teaching me was to pray. We always had to say our prayers at night before we went to bed and always before every meal. When I became older and would be driving home late at night by myself, I always prayed that God would be with me, protect me, and keep the vehicle running and safe, not to mention not run out of gas. Does it pay to pray? Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Paul and Silas prayed in prison and were released (Acts 16). The church prayed for Peter and he was released from prison (Acts 12). It does pay to pray. When King Jehoshaphat joined to fight with the king of Israel, the king of Israel disguised himself in hopes of saving his own life in the battle. King Jehoshaphat should have known this was a trick, and that the king of Israel did not care for his life when the king of Israel told him that he would disguise himself and go into battle. Jehoshaphat was almost killed if he had not called out to God in prayer. We never know what circumstance or dilemma we may find ourselves in. Therefore, we should pray before they happen. Believe me, it does pay to pray.
Sing: Whisper a prayer in the morning. Whisper a prayer at noon. Whisper a prayer in the evening, so keep your heart in tone.
Thought For Today: It pays to pray.