Isaiah 37:1-14, “14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD”
We live in a time where if anything is going to happen, it will not happen by chance but because there are people praying. When you look at the marriages on the rocks, families in chaos, schools in trouble, the government having challenges, kidnappings left and right, murders, suicides, accidents, you name it is on the rise, how will we stand? There is a constant fear of what might happen even before it happens. Fear of tomorrow cripples majority.
King Hezekiah was faced with a situation that threatened him too, the threat was made by Sennacherib, king of Assyria. Now Assyria was known to be a powerful kingdom and they had subdued many nations even breaking their gods. Coming to King Hezekiah, they knew that Judah was protected by God but they tried to bring fear by saying God will not save them from Assyria’s attacks. They said Isaiah 37:10, “Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria”. This is no different from what the devil whispers in our ears every day. The devil will accuse you of making mistakes with no avenues of a second chances or victories. He could be right that you blew it, but who told the devil our victories are based on what we did? They are based on the One who laid aside His majesty, giving up everything, suffering at the hands of those He had created, taking all the guilt and shame when He died and rose again. Today He has called us His own and He is seated at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us. He says, “When you pray, pray in my name” because He knows how it feels to be lied on. You cannot cry over what could have been and how it could have been, you cannot also continue to plead with the enemy to leave you alone, you need to stand and tell him of who you are in Christ. If he reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. Hezekiah had been told that there was no way God would come to his rescue. Instead of calling his servants to help him weep, he went to the house of God to pray. You understand what you are going through better than anyone else. You have a better way of expressing and presenting your case as you pray earnestly, constantly, effectively better han anyone else on your behalf.
He received bad news but did not take it as the final word. Whatever the enemy whispers in our ears is not final, God has a final say in every situation. As long as He has not spoken against it, we should continue to bring it to Him. He received the letter, read it and thought, “I have to take this to the Lord in prayer“, Isaiah 37:14, “and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD”. Stop covering up what you are going through or trying to fix it in your own strength. Like Hezekiah, take it to the Lord and spread it out as it is in prayer. Remember this hymn “What a friend we have in Jesus? Here are the lyrics
- What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
- What a privilage to carry Ev’rything to God in prayer!
- Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needless pain we bear,
- All because we do not carry, Ev’rything to God in prayer!
- Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
- We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer:
- Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share?
- Jesus Knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
- Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
- Precious Saviour, still our refuge; Take it to the Lord in prayer:
- Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer;
- In His arms He’ll take and shield thee; Thou wilt find a solace there.
Just as Hezekiah refused to take the enemy’s word as final, we too can do the same today. You know what your needs are, take it to the Lord in prayer and spread it like it is. Be blessed Ev
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