This Month's Promise

"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised."

- PSALM 113:3

Read: II CHRONICLES 32: 20-23


“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5: 16)

Yesterday, we meditated on how Sennacherib’s commander Rabshakeh threatened Hezekiah’s men and how with much arrogance and pride he ridiculed the living God. Today, we shall see how Hezekiah, the king of Judah responded to this distressing and disgraceful situation and how the Lord saved His people. First of all, when Hezekiah heard this bad news, he tore his clothes, put on sack cloth and went with humility into the temple of the Lord to seek Him. Secondly, he sought the prayer support of Isaiah the prophet during this adverse situation. Thirdly, he spread the threatening letter received from Sennacherib before the Lord and prayed a very sincere, faithful and earnest prayer. II Kings, Chapter 19 verses 15-19 reveal to us the intensity and fervor of King Hezekiah’s prayer. He cried, “Give ear O Lord, and hear. Open Your eyes O Lord and see, listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.” The Lord heard the heartfelt cry of king Hezekiah. His anger was aroused to see His own children mistreated and abused. He answered revengefully, against the Assyrians, saying, “Who is it you have insulted or blasphemed, against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel! Because you rage against me, and your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose ... and will make you return by the way you came.” And to His people He promised, “Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above .... the zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” But on the same night, the Lord Almighty sent His angel who put to death a hundred and eighty five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.

Dear friends, are you troubled by the atrocity of your enemies? Share your burden with your prayer partner and pray fervently to the Lord with a humble heart. He is a zealous God and He will deliver you miraculously from your enemies.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, what a zealous God You are! You punish those who contend against You and Your children but protect those who call upon You with sincere heart. I humble myself before You and praise you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen