June 16 “Prayer as a last resort” & LINKUP

How many times have you neglected to pray at the first sign of a problem?

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Today’s Readings:
2 Kings 19, 20 & 21
Psalm 74.9-17
Proverbs 19.1-2
Acts 2.1-21

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.”

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Psalm 74.9-17:

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.

Proverbs 19.1-2:

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.

Acts 2.1-21:

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.

Blessings,
Donna

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13 thoughts on “June 16 “Prayer as a last resort” & LINKUP

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  3. I love that story of Hezekiah spreading the letter before God — most of the prayer is his observing the greatness and graciousness of God, with the request (a pretty major one), tucked quietly in.

    • I hadn’t thought of it quite that way, but you’re right. And, yes, it is a great story of turning to the One who really can help!

  4. Wonderful post. I like to think of a poster I saw on Pinterest that says: “Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it?”

    Prayer is our line of communication with God. It is so essential!

    Thank you for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • Jennifer, thanks for stopping by and for your linkup. My husband and I were just talking about how we know we need to pray more. I like the poster, too. Sadly, we can talk about it so much, we don’t even stop to realize we haven’t actually prayed! Blessings!

  5. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew. I pray you have a blessed and beautiful week.

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