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Because You Have Prayed
Because King Hezekiah prayed, he saw with greater clarity what God was already doing and the sign that He was at work. Prayer must make us aware with greater clarity that God already knows what we are going through, calls us His precious sons and daughters in the midst of it. It must silence our raised voice, bring low our lifted eyes, illumine God’s determined plan, show a sign of providence, upholding His glory for His own sake, against all odds prove that He fights on our behalf. So pray, unleash the power and fruits of godly prayer!
KEY VERSE: 21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him: “‘She despises you, she scorns you—the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you—the daughter of Jerusalem…. 30 “And this shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that. Then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 31 And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward… 35 For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”
You Alone are the LORD
There will be many things to fear in life. How can fear turn into faith? Instead of being covered by distress, go into the house of the LORD, where fear in the world is rebuked by the words of the living God. Do not be afraid of escalating evil but put your hope in the God who sees, already planned in promise to deliver. Pray to the LORD, who inclines your ears and eyes to see He alone is the LORD. Then, what can we fear? Fear will be unveiled as the false god it is before the living God alone, so live in and from the victory Jesus has won now and forever.
KEY VERSE:, 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 16 “O Lord of hosts, 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. Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God… 20 So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.”
Do Not Answer
As much as what is spoken, what is kept from being spoken is just as important before the LORD. He will call us to stay still, to not speak, to not answer. When can we discern these times? Do not speak when your focus is on how you will be heard over how God will hear you. Do not be deceived to correct the adversary’s lies and justify yourself, for the LORD will justify and surely deliver you. Have your mouth guarded over your clothes torn – do not be defeated in despair but immovable in the words of Christ, richly dwelling within you.
KEY VERSE: 20 Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their lands out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?’” 21 But they were silent and answered him not a word, for the king's command was, “Do not answer him.”
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)