2 Chronicles 14:11
And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”
Asa was the third king of Judah after Solomon, and was probably the most righteous since David. For 1 Kings 15:11 says that he did what was right in the sight of the Lord like David his father.
One day, while the kingdom of Judah was resting in peace and trusting in the Lord, an Ethiopian army of a million men and 300 chariots came up against them. And so Asa and his men of 580,000 went out to meet them.
But before engaging them in battle he called out to the Lord in prayer. In his prayer he simply said, “Lord, there is no one besides Thee to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in Thee, and in Thy name have come against this multitude. O Lord, Thou art our God; let no man prevail against Thee” (NASB).
So here in this prayer Asa was asking God to fight through them, so that when they battled against them it would actually be God battling against them. For that is why he prayed “Let no man prevail against Thee.”
What a great prayer of faith! And as it happened God gave them a great victory. Verse 13 tells us, “So many Ethiopians fell that they could not recover, for they were shattered before the LORD, and before His army.”
We can learn much about how to pray from Asa:
(1) His prayers matched his life of trust in God. Thus when he prayed, “We trust in God,” he really meant it.
(2) He humbled himself before God and cried out for help as one who had no strength in himself. Likewise, when we pray we should tell God how much we really need Him.
(3) Asa was willing to come against the Ethiopians in God’s name. Thus when we pray and ask God for His strength, we must also be willing to battle against whatever forces come against us.