Step 5 – Confess your current weakness and your dependence upon Him
…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.
II Chronicles 20:12
Here is a word especially for us men. You know, there is that part of prayer that is a humbling of self. Let us cast pride, self-confidence, abilities (perceived or real) and ego to one side and allow ourselves to appear before God the way we really are. Sometimes in the midst of prayer, one becomes acutely aware of the magnitude of one’s inadequacies to deal with the situation. Powerlessness. Despair, even. Deep, unpretentious prayer can and should unclothe me, unmasking what really lies beneath all the bravado, the confidence and the image that I have projected out into the world. For “all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:13)
Let’s take a closer look at King Jehoshaphat. Here is the king of a great nation, confessing his inabilities. Was it that he lacked an army? No. Judah at that time had an army of 1,160,000 soldiers (II Chronicles 17:14-18). In 2011, that would be one of the top 5 largest armies in the world. Yet, close your eyes and listen to this king praying: “We have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do…” I imagine if the kings of the Moabites had been strolling by at that moment, he would have thought, “Boy, this’ll be a walkover. Look at the guy! On his knees, whining to his God…” Don’t worry about what it looks like. God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty (I Corinthians 1:27). Confess your weaknesses and inabilities, and be honest with God. After all, what might have we against cancer or AIDS? Against sin? Against many of the situations that we find ourselves in? It would do us a lot of good sometimes to put trying aside and say “Lord, I have no might against this great thing.”
Linked to this is confessing dependence on Him. Jehoshaphat did not stop at confessing weakness. He also prayed: “…but our eyes are upon Thee.“(verse 12) Surely there can be few better ways to conclude a prayer. “I don’t know what to do, but I’m depending on You, Lord. I could do this and that and the other, but Father, but really I’d just be guessing. I’m lost and I don’t know what to do. My eyes are on You.” In your prayer, go back where you began – go back to Him. Amen.