Pastor Bryan Peters preached “A Cry to Heaven (Part 1)” from 2 Chronicles 20:5-13) during the providential hinderance of public worship due to COVID-19.
The godly man appeals to God in heaven to judge men on earth.
1. Appeal to Power
The godly man appeals in prayer to God’s power.
- When we speak to God, we know that he can do all things.
- Godly prayer appeals to God’s attributes.
- The godly man fears Jehovah, not his enemies.
2. Appeal to Performance
The godly man appeals in prayer to what God has performed for his people.
- God would have us know and rehearse his deeds in prayer.
- God’s deliverance must be the ground of any appeal to him.
3. Appeal to Promise
The godly man appeals in prayer to God’s promises.
- God would have us know and rehearse his promises in prayer.
- God’s great promise, his Covenant of Grace, is the ground of all true prayer.
What does it sound like when trouble drives men of the world to pray? Can you think of some specific examples of such prayers? How do you find yourself tempted to pray like a worldly man?
What are some Scripture promises that you can begin to pray today? How might they be applied to yourself, your family, your church?
What is the same about Jehoshaphat’s prayer and believing prayer today? What is different?