2 Chronicles 20:12 “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes [are] upon thee.”
Surrounded by the enemies of God’s people, outmatched militarily, King Jehoshaphat sets his heart to fast and pray. Then he cries out to God these words that express his desperation and need for God’s divine guidance and help. Beloved, may I kindly suggest to you that to cry out to God in desperation is normal. I “cried out to God” many times before I was born again. But I can assure you that they were not prayers stemming from a desire for God’s direction, but from a desperate need to be delivered from a present crisis or time of desperation. The Bible does not presume that we have the capacity to govern our lives properly apart from God’s guidance.
When we read that beautiful “abiding” chapter, John 15. We see the a vital union exists between our God’s Word dwelling in our hearts, and our prayer life. Why? Because it is by God’s Word and communion with Him that we find direction and guidance for life. All of life. Even the mundane things in life that we have done a million times over. Truth be told beloved, we are much more dependent upon God’s guidance, grace and strength than we think we are. The Proverbs say, 3.5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” We are to trust in The Lord with all of our heart and ask Him for direction in all of our ways. I take that to mean that as we are living out our day today, we should be living it out prayerfully. Lord, I do not know what to do, but my eyes are on You. Or, Lord I have done this a million times. I can do it with my eyes closed. But today, I do it looking unto You.
Do you know what this kind of perspective does? It keeps us in a state of divine dependency, and it also turns the daily mundane into acts of divine service as being done unto our King. Keep your eyes on The Lord in all that you do, or are about to do. That is one way to understand the meaning of the verse, pray without ceasing. For apart from Jesus and living for His glory, life becomes a grind of meaningless repetition. So stay connected with The Lord. Include Him in every detail of your life. Live in His glorious presence and communion with Him today.