2 Kings 19: Prayer Brings Comfort
In 2 Kings 19, we get to meet another famous Biblical figure. Isaiah is the prophet who has the duty of advising Hezekiah. When we left yesterday, the Assyrian invaders had been taunting the people of Jerusalem. They had been yelling that God told them that they would run over the city and conquer the tribe of Judah.
It is out of this situation that we get a pretty epic prayer from Hezekiah that was sent by his servant to Isaiah to talk to God.
2Ki 19:3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
2Ki 19:4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left.
I find it interesting that he did not demand anything. He pretty much said that if God wanted to, He could control the situation. He didn’t shy away from the fact that this was a difficult situation though; he was honest with God.
Naturally, God sent back a response through Isaiah.
2Ki 19:6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
We all know that blasphemy is a sin. Hezekiah knew that as well. He must have known that God would not appreciate the attitude of the Assyrians. However, it is nice to have confirmation.
I think that that is one of the best things about prayer in the Bible. We are guaranteed that God will hear us, and we also know that God is just.
Pro 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
Psa 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
The application for today is that we need to have faith in God. When we come to him in prayer like Hezekiah did, we have a great privilege. We know that He will hear our prayers. That is pretty good news.