Why Is Prayer Important?
Bible Character: Jehoshaphat
Jehoshaphat was King of Judah when he found out the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites were coming to make war with him and his people. What was the first thing he did?
Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 2 Chronicles 20:3.
He then gathered all his people and they prayed to God.
Prayer was important for King Jehoshaphat, why should it be important for current leaders?
When we spend time in prayer it calms our bodies down, a counterbalance to anxiety. The effect of our calmness seems to make us less anxious, and our mind seems clearer…or freer.
A calm mind makes decisions much better than one that is anxious and cluttered. As leaders we need any advantage we can to make wise choices for our organizations.
Strength is a byproduct of a better frame of mind. Fear is diminished, so we are willing to take on problems with more fortitude. We may not be experiencing as severe situations as King Jehoshaphat faced, but all leaders deal with challenges on a regular basis.
God’s leadership is more powerful than any of ours. We want to be as close to him as possible. One of the easiest ways to draw close to him is spend extended time in prayer.
The Lord was with Jehoshaphat and his people:
When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. 2 Chronicles 20: 24
Because they had the Lord on their side and came to him in earnest prayer, God delivered the enemy without them even needing to fight.