Pastor Evan Brown teaches that by aligning ourselves with God, like King Hezekiah in 2 Kings:19, lives that have gone astray can be set straight again. When our spiritual enemy comes against us, this can trigger a falling away from the things of God. We can easily be discouraged not trusting that God is still paying attention. When life is going smoothly, things can happen to derail us, causing confusion and doubt. When Hezekiah experienced this, he cried out to God pleading for God’s rescue. God’s reply was, “Because you have prayed, I have heard you.” (2 Kings:20). Prayer as our go-to pattern, when we’re tempted to try to work things out on our own, should produce an ease of faith for times when difficulties arise again. We can look back on how God demonstrated His presence in ways we couldn’t have imagined at the time. The importance and power of our own prayers as well as those of others to whom we entrust our vulnerabilities, is incalculable.
What can change your mind? What we learn this week from the life of Judah’s king Jehoshaphat is that even someone who seeks God can get side-tracked. Things were going well for Jehoshaphat, until he entered an alliance with Israel’s king Ahab, listened to some bad advice, and almost got himself killed. Later, when confronted by an overwhelming alliance of three armies, Jehoshaphat called a prophet for advice, sent the worship team to the front lines, and watched the armies fall on each other. Getting back—and staying—on track requires that you seek people who will speak the word of the Lord in ways that can radically change your mind.