Jehoshaphat asks the Lord to help his people
3 Jehoshaphat was afraid. So, he decided to ask the Lord what he should do. And he told all the people in Judah that they should not eat for some time. 4 All Judah's people came together to ask the Lord for his help. They came from every town in Judah to meet with the Lord.
5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in front of the people from Judah and from Jerusalem. He was standing in front of the new yard of the Lord's house. 6 He said, ‘Lord, you were the God of our ancestors. You are the God who is in heaven. You rule over all kings and their nations. You are strong and powerful and nobody can stand against you. 7 Our God, you pushed out the people who were living in this country. You caused your people, the Israelites to push them out. And you have given this country for all time to the descendants of your friend Abraham. 8 Your people have lived here and they have built a house here to give honour to your name. When they built it, they said, 9 “Perhaps we will have troubles. The trouble might be war, punishment, illness or we might have no food. Then we will come and we will stand in front of you. We will stand in front of this temple because your name is in this temple. Then we will ask you for help when we are in trouble. Then you will hear us and you will save us.”