Today you should read: 2 Kings 19
On Sunday, we focused intently on the prayer of Nehemiah from Nehemiah 1:4-11. In our passage today, we see a prayer that we can learn a lot from to reinforce what we looked at on Sunday.
15 And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 17 Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands 18 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 19 So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.” 2 Kings 19:15-19 (ESV)
This prayer doesn’t explicitly fit into the ACTS format (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication), but the prayer does begin and end with God. Prayer is all about God! So often we come to God and treat him as a magic genie, simply asking him to provide for your needs. But prayer in the Bible is explicitly God-centered.
He says in verse 15, “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.” This preceded the request made in verse 16, and his plea in verses 18 & 19, and he closes with acknowledging God again in verse 19.
If nothing else, we can remember that when we bring our requests to God, we should be much more focused on the God who answers than the problem that needs answering. This reflects a heart of trust and love for God, and that your focus is more on God than yourself and your current situation.
What does your prayer life say about how you are relating to God?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice
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I am so encouraged by this passage. 2 Kings 18 leaves us with a cliffhanger. There’s this challenge and it’s a real threat. The wicked king is coming to destroy you just like he has destroyed everyone else. Ive seen that scenario often enough in life. I’ve been scared and real threats have come up and shaken me to the core. But look at chapter 19. These folks agree with their adversary on many of his points. He is stronger and he has routed and ruined others. But realizing their weakness, they turn to God – the ONE TRUE GOD! Humility is in their hearts but they know the Father will deliver them. And… He does!
Our Deliverer is coming! Our Deliverer is standing by! God hears us from His holy Heaven. He knows we are dust, yet He pours His love out on us!