The King was in a tight place.He had done what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God, and the Lord gave him rest on every side. The days of peace were devoted to cleansing and strengthening the land.
They removed all traces of idolatry, restored a vibrant faith in God to the land, and prospered exceedingly. All went well for years, and then suddenly their Ethiopian enemies marched against them.
There had been, no change of policy, no provocation, and yet in a moment the whole aspect of Providence was changed.
Humanly speaking, defeat was inevitable. The enemies were two to one, and their fighting strength beyond comparison.
Asa was in great straits. In the emergency for which he was not responsible and from which he could not escape, he betook himself to prayer. In times of emergency our wants are soon told.
The prayer comes out in broken fragments of speech without regard to grammar or rhetoric.
The enemy is at the gate.
The need is urgent and definite.
We are helpless but not hopeless, for in God there is infinite wisdom and power.
It is a day of trouble, but God told us to call upon Him and he will deliver us.