Jehoshaphat is a king. He hears that an army larger than his will attack his country. However, he does not panic. He does not have sleepless nights. Instead, King Jehoshaphat immediately turns to the Lord with a time of fasting and praying. And every town in Judah responds. When the king prayers he reminds the Lord of his promise to Israel. Next, he asks God for strategy,”For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
And he waits for God to answer. Waiting is the hardest part. However, waiting is the worship phase, the praise, the faith that God has already answered. The king knows. He does not panic, he does not pace the floor.
During the wait phase, a prophet comes and says, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s'” (2 Chron 20:15-16).
God supernaturally wipes out their enemies that day. They didn’t even have to fight. God caused the enemy to fight themselves. However, the one thing they did do that began the ambush was when they began to praise God on the battlefield. “As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated” (2 Chron 20:22-23).
So, when bad news comes and crisis mode hits respond as Jehoshaphat: pray, fast, ask for God’s strategy, and praise.