Making a very eloquent, pointed and wicked speech delivered in Hebrew outside the walls of Jerusalem via his commander, the king of Assyria made it clear they were about to destroy everything Hezekiah held dear. (2 Kings 18:28-35) Yet, rather than assemble his armies and fortify his walls as would most in his position, Hezekiah sought counsel from the man of God and bowed low before his Creator.
Annals of Sennacherib
King Hezekiah sought the Lord through wise counsel:
Nor shoot an arrow there,
Nor come before it with shield,
Nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came,
By the same shall he return;
And he shall not come into this city,’
Says the Lord.‘For I will defend this city, to save itFor My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’” 2 Kings 19:32-34
Hezekiah sought the Lord with all his mind, heart, soul and strength.
I am deeply moved by the humility and surrender Hezekiah displayed as he petitioned the King of the Universe. I amazed at his unfailing trust in the Lord as he faced what seemed impossible to overcome. Unlike so many others before him, Hezekiah looked up and remained steadfast in the face of tremendous obstacles. And, he knew that his people were looking to him. And, God was watching.
Hezekiah sought the Lord for wisdom, with humility, surrender, trust, and faith. On bended knee.
Was there power in the prayer? No, not in the prayer itself but in the heart and character behind it. Was there purpose in the prayer? Yes, by His will and His providence, God elected to deliver Judah for His name's sake. He provided a way out of a hopeless situation to bring glory to Him alone. In front of all nations, in witness to all those that called themselves by His name.
God answered Hezekiah with favor, love and deliverance.
Is there power in your prayers....? As we pray, may we remember to come to Him penitent, to humble ourselves and bring ourselves in line with His perfect will. May we seek wise counsel and His counsel most of all. May we give testimony through every answered prayer as to His providence, provision and power.
To Him be the glory!