How many times have you neglected to pray at the first sign of a problem?
2 Kings 19, 20 & 21
2 Kings 19, 20 & 21:
Praying as a last resort
What a great example Hezekiah was of how to respond when the odds seem stacked against us. Chapter 19, verses 14-19:
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. 15 Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said. “O LORD God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are 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 reproach the living God. 17 Truly, 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 destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God, You alone.
As I’ve mentioned before, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still rises up on behalf of His people. But too often instead of going first to the Lord in prayer, we exhaust all our own solutions and go to Him as a last resort!
Notice Hezekiah’s prayer wasn’t focused primarily on himself, or even the people, he prayed that God would answer, “that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God, You alone.”
While waiting on God
The psalmist wonders aloud where God is and why He hasn’t answered. But he reminds himself of God’s mighty works in the past, as he continues to wait on Him.
A great example for us of how to respond when God’s answer seems slow in coming. Instead of doubting His love and goodness, we should meditate on His attributes and allow the Word of God to strengthen our faith and trust in Him.
Avoiding hasty decisions
Verse 2, “Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet.” Fools make hasty decisions, while the wise man seeks information and understanding.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit
Jesus had told the disciples that He must go to the Father, but He would send another like Himself, speaking of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16.5-15). Here on the Day of Pentecost that promise was fulfilled.
We receive the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus as our Savior. He lives in every true believer. He is our Helper (v. 7), Teacher and Guide (v. 13). He convicts us of sin (v. 8) and confirms the truths of Scripture to us (v. 15) as just a part of His ministry today.
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