Daily D – 2 Kings 19:14
2 Kings 19:14 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. (NLT)
How do we keep first things first? Follow Hezekiah’s example. When he received threatening news, he took the letter and spread it out before God. He used it to shape his prayer. God answered dramatically in a manner only he could take credit for. Go first to God who always has the final word.
Hezekiah’s prayer begins first with an acknowledgment of who God is (verse 15). This places everything following in its proper context.
* God sits enthroned above all things.
* He alone is God.
* Every kingdom falls under his authority.
* He created the heavens and the earth.
* He bends down and listens to our prayers. (See also Psalm 116:1, 2.)
* He sees what we are going through and the necessary solution.
* He hears the threats breathed against us.
* He knows the limitations of our adversaries.
* He is not threatened by the puny gods of men’s imaginations.
* When he rescues us from evil, everyone everywhere sees how good he is.
* When he intervenes on our behalf, everyone everywhere sees that he alone is God.
That’s good praying.
God heard and answered his prayer. He spoke through the Prophet Isaiah to the humbled King Hezekiah and the arrogant King Sennacherib of Assyria. (See verses 20-37.
Which king was still standing at the end of the chapter? The one who humbly bowed before God. The one who looked at his threatening adversary through the lens of our Father in heaven. When we see God for who he is, we see his challengers for who they are.
How are you looking at your problems today?
I will take my problems and fears to God in prayer.
Our Father, you are Great, and they are small. There is nobody and nothing as good as you. There is no rival, no threat, no ruler who can stand against you victoriously. You alone are God. Empower us to always see our problems through our deep and abiding relationship with you. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.