Monday, January 29, 2007

The King of Prayer...The Praying King

I don't know exactly what made Hezekiah so special, but his prayer life was tremendous. The Lord added years to his life because of his prayer, and in Isaiah 37 the Lord spares His people in part because Hezekiah prayed.
Isaiah 37:21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the LORD has spoken against him:

"The Virgin Daughter of Zion
despises and mocks you.
The Daughter of Jerusalem
tosses her head as you flee.

23 Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes in pride?
Against the Holy One of Israel!

33 "Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria:
"He will not enter this city
or shoot an arrow here.
He will not come before it with shield
or build a siege ramp against it.

34 By the way that he came he will return;
he will not enter this city,"
declares the LORD.

35 "I will defend this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!"

36 Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.

This is amazing. Hezekiah prays and God not only gives victory, he does all of the fighting. One of the most arrogant kingdoms on earth is brought to its knees because of Hezekiah, God's humble servant.

I've got to spend more time on my knees.


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