The Book of Hezekiah

Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: “O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.

“It is true, O LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by men’s hands. Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.” 2 Kings 19:14-19

When you read Hezekiah’s prayer, you think “that’s the way it should be.” His prayer was unpretentious and honest. He spoke plainly. Hezekiah was desperate for God. Granted, the Assyrian kings had threatened his life, but he was at a point where he had to cry out.

As you read through his prayer, pray it over your own life. You have enemies, probably not to the extent that Hezekiah had, and you probably want them to just go away! So what if your prayers aren’t politically correct? I am convinced that God is pleased that you even took the time to talk to him! Like His relationship to Israel, God’s is a constant wooing of us to Himself. And of course we all need “deliverance” to varying degrees. Usually it’s only one or two things that drag us down, but still we want to be delivered.

Ultimately God gets the glory, which is what’s it’s all about. Hezekiah moved heaven with his words. So can we.

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