Tag: Isaiah 36-39

The prayer connection!

Scripture reading for July 28th: Isaiah 36-39

King Hezekiah was one of the kings of Israel that did right in God’s eyes.   Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The Lord sent the prophet Isaiah to tell him to get his house in order because he was going to die.  (Isaiah 38:1)  Hezekiah humbly prayed a simple prayer:  “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” (Isaiah 38:2) The Lord told Isaiah to go back and tell him that He had heard his prayer and would add 15 years to his life.   He would also deliver the king and Jerusalem from the Assyrians.  (Isaiah 38:4-6)

God also gave Hezekiah a special sign of His favor and mercy.  He made the sunlight go back ten steps on the staircase of Ahaz.  As God had promised more time, He demonstrated His power to turn back the clock!  What a powerful answer to prayer and what grace for a visual sign of the answer!

Hezekiah had simply reminded God of his life of faith! (James 5:16)  He lived by faith for many years and had a habit of trusting God.  Hezekiah was sincere and did not just put on a show.  He was real with God about his feelings and desire.   He did not demand anything from God, but simply appealed to the one who held His life in His hands.  (Isaiah 38:5)  God saw a sincere heart of faith and it moved Him.   (Mark 11:22-24)  Faith pleases God like nothing else!  (Hebrews 11:6)

If you are facing an impossible situation today, simply ask God like Hezekiah of old.  Trust Him to hear and answer!  Here is Hezekiah’s response to God’s grace: “But what can I say:  He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this.  I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.  Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too.  You restored me to health and let me live.  Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.  In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.” Isaiah 38:15-17

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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!

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The power of prayer!

Scripture reading for July 28th: Isaiah 36-39

In Isaiah 38 we have the record of an interesting incident in the life of a good king of Israel, Hezekiah.  Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The Lord sent the prophet Isaiah to tell him to get his house in order because he was going to die.  (Isaiah 38:1)  God told this man that his time was up on earth!   Who are we to argue with what God says?

In the next verse, we find Hezekiah turning his face to the wall.  He humbly prayed to the Lord a simple prayer and wept bitterly.  “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” (Isaiah 38:2)  Isaiah then heard the Lord speak to him again.  He was to go back to Hezekiah and tell him that the Lord had heard his prayer and seen his tears and would add 15 years to his life.  The Lord also assured him that He would deliver the king and Jerusalem from the Assyrians.  (Isaiah 38:4-6)

God also gave Hezekiah a special sign of His favor and mercy.  He made the sunlight go back ten steps on the staircase of Ahaz.  As God had promised more time, He demonstrated His power to turn back the clock!  Wow, what an amazing God we serve!  What a powerful answer to prayer and what grace for a visual sign of the answer!

This record seems so easy!  But there are several things to note that are instructive for us.  First, Hezekiah simply reminded God of his life of faith! (James 5:16)  He had lived by faith for many years and had a habit of trusting God.  What a good record to draw on!  Second, Hezekiah was sincere and did not just put on a show.  He was real with God about his feelings and desire. Third,  he did not demand anything from God, but simply appealed to the one who held His life in His hands.  God answered because he heard the prayer and saw the tears! (Isaiah 38:5)  God saw a sincere heart of faith and it moved Him.  Faith always moves God!  (Mark 11:22-24)  Faith pleases God like nothing else!  (Hebrews 11:6)  Jesus asked in respect to prayer if He would find faith on earth when He came again.  (Luke 18:8)

If you are facing an impossible situation today, try simply asking God like Hezekiah of old.  Trust Him to hear and answer!  Here is Hezekiah’s response to God’s grace: “But what can I say:  He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this.  I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.  Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too.  You restored me to health and let me live.  Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.  In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.” Isaiah 38:15-17

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