The Battle Belongs to Him

“You will not have to fight this battle.  Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17

photo by Becky Wolfe

The same God who sent these words to King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah and Jerusalem as they faithfully sought Him in the face of a vast army ahead of them, is still alive and active today; willing to faithfully fight for those who follow Him.

As yesterday concluded the school year with my students, I felt a sense of fear for the battles that many of them may face as they will be without the constant that school supplies.  Meals provided, friends surrounding, and staff members that genuinely care about their well-being, will be absent through the summer months.  Loneliness, fear, ridicule, and far more responsibility than a young person ought to have, will be before them.  I even had one young lady ask if we had an extra room in our home…

These treasures need hope, protection, and provision, as they face the “giants” of summer.  I have to trust that He will be faithful to fight the battles that each cannot fight on their own.  He knows them each by name and has a plan and a purpose for their lives.

Though I can do little practically, I can lift them before the Lord daily, and trust that He will protect and provide for these treasures.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing You have provided me in having been a teacher to Your treasures.  Father, You know the need of each child by name and I ask that You would be their Provider.  May each have an encounter with You, and recognize that You are the ultimate resource for all our needs.  Please protect and provide for each one, and keep depression and destruction far from them.  Father, may Your Spirit surround them and provide Your peace.  Thank You that the battle is not ours, but Yours.  Please teach me how to pray for these treasures each day, and show me what I can do practically as well.  Move the mountains before them, and grant them the strength to keep climbing where You are calling.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

5 Comments

  1. amen and amen, Lord…bless all who are in Your tender care.

  2. Amen! May I add this prayer for these precious ones – Ephesians 3:14-20
    For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

  3. Thank the Lord that he has strategically placed you and others in these young one’s lives as prayer partners and godly examples. As a former teacher, I understand your worries as I often had them, too. It’s so hard when we know that some children go to bed hungry or have angry parents or addicts in their homes, etc. God is faithful and we will submit these sweet children of his into his care once again and trust for his divine protection. May God show mercy and may they all know his love and grace always. Amen!

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