18 Jun First Pray
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1 Kings 22:5
But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”
Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, visited the king of Israel, whose name was Ahab. When he arrived, Ahab asked Jehoshaphat to join his army so the two of them could go after the king of Aram and take back Ramoth-Gilead, which Ahab claimed was rightfully theirs anyway. Jehoshaphat agreed. However, he told Ahab, “We must First Pray!”
In the story, Ahab was not a man of God, and Jehoshaphat certainly was a man of God. Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Of course we should pray, but there’s this one prophet who never tells me good things.” All the prophets agreed that Jehoshaphat and Ahab should attack Aram. But sure enough, this one prophet, Micaiah, warned Ahab that he would be killed if he went into battle. One of the other prophets went over and slapped him in the face. Then Ahab had Micaiah thrown into prison until he returned. However, when Ahab attacked Ramoth-Gilead, he was killed, and Jehoshaphat got out alive. It’s imperative that we put God FIRST in everything we do. The best way to do that initially is to always “First Pray.” The king who loathed praying and the Lord of hosts died, and the one who demanded they “First Pray” lived to tell about it! Always remember, in everything you do, “First Pray.”
Here I am again this AM, and I want to “First Pray.” I really need You more than anyone or anything and am desperate for a fresh word to start my day. You’ve never failed me once, and I don’t expect You to fail me today. Amen