Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. 4So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the lord’s help.(2Chronicles 20:3-4).
Jehoshaphat realized that war against them was on the horizon. He got scared and immediately went to the Lord for guidance. This is a great example of what we should do when fear tries to set in. Yes, you have the problem, but take it to the problem solver! There is no problem too large or big for God to handle! Then he ordered a fast for everyone in Judah, not just himself. When you need a breakthrough, vision, clarity, or just want to draw near to God. Try fasting and praying. Seek God for divine wisdom and knowledge concerning the problem or thing that is causing you uneasiness. God will do mighty things in your life, when you make a sacrifice for Him.
As the story continues, they didn’t even have to fight. This is the rest of the story: He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the lord is with you!”
That’s the kind of power a fast provides!