Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Have you ever had a letter containing bad news, that made you fearful, anxious, or kept you awake at night with worry? Perhaps it was bad news from your doctor? Or maybe your position at work was hanging in the balance? How did you feel, when you read that bad news?
Sometimes our first response is to panic, and allow fear and anxiety to grip our hearts.
I read a story this morning of someone who received bad news and did not allow fear to get its tentacles around his heart; King Hezekiah.
The Assyrian King Sennacherib was a name that instilled terror; he was known for his brutality. His army had pillaged, plundered raped and murdered its way across that entire region in the most unbelievably cruel ways, and he had now sent a message to the Godly King Hezekiah of Judah that he was preparing to destroy Jerusalem. His message boasted that Judah would be no different from all the other nations he had conquered.
Hezekiah took this message to the temple in Jerusalem, and he “spread it out before the Lord” He prayed and asked God for help. His prayer ends with “Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God.” (Verses 18-20)
‘BECAUSE YOU PRAYED’
Straight away, God sent a prophetic word to Hezekiah, through Isaiah, to bring comfort, hope, strength and reassurance of The Lord’s continued presence and help. It’s the beginning of The Lord’s words that captured my heart this morning – “Because you prayed.”
When we read on, we see that Hezekiah’s prayer was answered that very night. God intervened, conquering the enemy forces outside the city gates. The Assyrian army didn’t even “shoot an arrow” (v. 33). Sennacherib would leave Jerusalem, never to return.
Whatever you might be facing today, take it to The Lord our God, “spread it out before Him”, and ask Him for his help.
“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”
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