O Lord, Deliver Us!
Scripture reading for July 28th: Isaiah 36-39
King Hezekiah was a godly man who depended on the Lord. One day he got a report from his advisers that his city of Jerusalem was surrounded by the Assyrian army. The field commander of Sennacherib’s army had given them a message for the King that encouraged him to surrender and that mocked God. The field commander promised peace if they would just surrender, and warned of destruction if they would not. He pointed to other cities and nations that they had defeated as reasons to listen. Mourning, the advisers went to King Hezekiah to give him this bad news. (Isaiah 36:22)
Hezekiah’s response was to tear his clothes, put on sackcloth and go to the Temple of the Lord. (Isaiah 37:1) His advisers were sent to Isaiah for wisdom. Isaiah promised them that God had heard and would act. Sennacherib sent Hezekiah another letter warning him not to trust in God, but to surrender. Hezekiah went to the Temple again and spread the letter before the Lord. He prayed, “O Lord Almighty, 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 all the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the Living God.” “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.” (Isaiah 37:16-17, 20)
God answered this humble prayer of Hezekiah through the prophet Isaiah. “He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ram against it. By the way that he came he will return; he will not enter this city,” declares the Lord. “I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.” (Isaiah 37:33-34) Scripture records that a angel of the Lord went out and put to death 185,000 soldiers in the Assyrian camp and Sennacherib withdrew! (Isaiah 37:36-37)
If you need help today and are feeling overwhelmed, why not try Hezekiah’s simple prayer. God is listening and He sees where you are. He always honors faith and is watching those who humbly seek His guidance and help! You honor Him when you call for help!