2Ch 14:11 …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” (b),NKJV
The priority and purpose of prayers ought to be clear for there in lies the motive for praying especially for certain needs.
Take note of the choice of words in Asa’s prayer, “O Lord our God, for we REST on You”. He rested in God for the battle and in the battle field. The object of his rest was God which also means to “rely” on God. If you can entrust your trouble to God, you can rest because God is reliable. God gave him rest in the days of peace and he relied in His name against his enemies in the day of trouble.
The underlying motive for his desire for victory is this “… do not let man prevail against YOU!”. Defeat would only be an occasion for the enemy to boast in defeating God not Asa. In this Asa was more concerned for God’s great name than his victory. It is for God’s great name will He for Himself fight for His people and grant them victory. Asa prayed and trusted God; God fought for and through them, and they gathered the spoils of the enemy, they rejoiced in victory and God’s name was made great.