Tuesday, July 21

Because you prayed

Scripture: Isaiah 36-37, Psalm 76, 1 Peter 1

Isaiah 37:14–15 After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the Lord…

Isaiah 37:21–22 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you prayed about King Sennacherib of Assyria, 22 the Lord has spoken this word against him…” 

Observation

When the Assyrian army invaded Judah and surrounded Jerusalem, the Assyrian ambassador delivered an insulting message promising that Judah’s God could not stop them, that Jerusalem would be conquered and its people taken to exile.  The news was shouted in Hebrew so the people could understand it, and was written in a letter to King Hezekiah.  

Hezekiah took the letter to the Temple and “spread it out before the Lord” and prayed.  In his prayer, he acknowledged the might of the Assyrian army and their powerlessness to resist.  “It’s true,” he told God.  But he asked God to intervene and save them and defend His own reputation.  

God spoke to Isaiah the prophet and promised to deliver Judah.  And God’s message began, “Because you prayed” about this, here’s what I’ll do.  

Application

It seems like God is just waiting for us to depend upon Him, to turn to Him in prayer, and stop trying to do it all ourselves.  Of course, I’m not arguing that we do nothing; we must do what He tells us.  But there are times when our best won’t get it done, when we simply need to turn to God and admit our need and cry out to Him.  And when we do, God will meet us.  

“Because you prayed…”

Who knows how many things remain undone because we failed to pray and trust God, because we tried to do it on our own.  And who knows how many things have been done simply because someone prayed. 

Pray!  Spread it out before God.  Admit your need.  And who knows what God will do…because you prayed.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for my prayerlessness.  Too often I lean on myself, not You.  Remind me…help me to pray.