June 04, 2021 – Friday
Isaiah 37:14-16 NIV
14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.
15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord:
16 “Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
If you want a great example of the power of prayer and of walking with the Lord, this is one for you. The letter mentioned in verse 14 is from Sennacherib, king of Assyria. It detailed all the cities and kingdoms they had defeated along with their gods. The letter blasphemed the God of Israel and Jerusalem saying he could not protect them anymore than the other gods could protect their cities.
Sennacherib took the time to send a message to the following message to Hezekiah, verses 10-12, Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceive you when he says, Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria. Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered? Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my predecessors deliver them—the gods of Gozan, Harran, Rezeph and the people of Eden who were in Tel Assar? Where is the king of Hamath or the king of Arpad? Where are the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? The message was full of sarcasm and arrogance with no idea of the might of the God of Israel.
Was he ever mistaken! In verses 33-35, Isaiah tells us what God had to say about the plans of 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. By the way that he came he will return; he will not enter this city. I will defend this city and save it, for My sake and for the sake of David My servant. In case you are wondering what happened, how God accomplished His defense of Jerusalem we only have to read the next two verses to discover the answer, Then the angel of the Lord went and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there. Later two of his sons killed him and a third became king in his place.
Bottom line: When in the face of great odds when all seems lost, God is still there or as someone wrote, When we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough. But we must bring our needs to God in prayer, prayer from our walk with Him. He listens.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for this example of how You listen and respond to heartfelt prayer. Help me turn to You in prayer not as a last resort, but as a first resort. And not just in emergencies, but in everyday life, giving thanks for each day and all the blessings You send my way. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.