Bible Society of South Africa
Xanthe Galanis

Come to Me – Day 8

Hezekiah’s prayer

Bible text(s)

15and prayed, 16“Almighty LORD, God of Israel, enthroned above the winged creatures, you alone are God, ruling all the kingdoms of the world. You created the earth and the sky. 17Now, LORD, hear us and look at what is happening to us. Listen to all the things that Sennacherib is saying to insult you, the living God.

Isaiah 37:15-17GNBOpen in Bible reader

20Now, LORD our God, rescue us from the Assyrians, so that all the nations of the world will know that you alone are God.”

Isaiah 37:20GNBOpen in Bible reader

We have been reading about King Hezekiah and his ever-increasing problems. He gets a message from the commander of the Assyrian armies, who have surrounded Jerusalem, containing the terms of surrender. How does Hezekiah respond?

He goes straight up to the temple of the Lord and spreads the letter before the Lord.

Would my first response have been to go into God’s presence and pray? Would I have been concerned for how insulted God would have felt over these words? Would I have called upon God to defend himself by defending me?

Hezekiah knew who he could depend on. If you read his whole prayer (Isaiah 37:16-20), you’ll notice that Hezekiah addressed his prayer to ‘Lord Almighty’, ‘God of Israel’, ‘God’ (twice), ‘Lord’ (four times). Hezekiah relies on the position and character of God Almighty, a God who is ‘enthroned’, ‘over all’, and who ‘made heaven and earth’. In addition, he gets straight to the point. He asks God to ‘hear’, to ‘see’, to ‘listen’, and finally, to ‘deliver’ him and his people.

In Hezekiah’s prayer, we see boldness, dependence, trust and an understanding of the nature of God. Hezekiah understands his own limitations; that he is weak and there is only one place to go for his defence.

Also, notice that Hezekiah does not just pray for his own safety, but for the glory and name of the Lord, and for the unreached people around him to know the name of the Lord and honour him.

Does your prayer reflect the missionary heart of God?

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