In 853 B.C., Israel’s King Ahab and Judah’s King Jehoshaphat were working out a military alliance to fight Syria. Jehoshaphat agreed to Ahab’s terms, but also said —
“But first let’s find out what the LORD says.” (1 Kings 22:5)
King Ahab brought out four hundred prophets and asked them whether Israel should go to war against Syria or refrain from doing so. All of the prophets proclaimed that God was with Israel and Syria would be defeated.
Even though there was perfect unity among the prophets, Jehoshaphat asked —
“Is there not also a prophet of the LORD here? We should ask him the same question.” (1 Kings 22:7)
King Ahab replied —
“There is one more man who could consult the LORD for us, but I hate him. He never prophesies anything but trouble for me! His name is Micaiah son of Imlah.” (1 Kings 22:8)
Eventually, the prophet Micaiah arrived on the scene and proclaimed that the four hundred prophets had prophesied according to a lying spirit and not the Spirit of the Lord. Micaiah then prophesied the death of King Ahab and the defeat of Israel and Judea in the battle against Syria.
Both kings ignored Micaiah and followed the counsel of the lying spirit. The prophet Micaiah’s words proved to be accurate.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, send prophets to America who are willing to speak Your words no matter the cost to themselves, but also Lord, I pray for those who have spiritual ears, to listen and to understand what the Spirit is saying to our nation. (Based on Revelation 2:29)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.