2 Kings 19

What do you do when your back’s against the wall? Do you strategize? Do you come out swinging? Do you feel sorry for yourself? Do you run and hide? Do you pray? In 2 Kings 19, we find out what King Hezekiah did an impossible situation–at least by human standards. Sennacherib and his army were too powerful for Hezekiah and his defenses. He’d tried scheming and fighting back, but it just led to the clear realization that a fight with Sennacherib was one that Hezekiah did not want and could not win. So, finally, Hezekiah recognizes what was the reality all along–he was totally dependent upon God for the deliverance of his people:

[15] And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said: “O LORD, the 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. [16] Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. [17] Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands [18] and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. [19] So now, O LORD our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O LORD, are God alone.”

2 Kings 19:15-19, ESV

Hezekiah didn’t downplay the desperation of his nation’s situation. He tore his clothes. He mourned. He was honest with himself, his people, and with the Lord. His prayer shows us how to pray when our backs are against the wall, or actually how to pray any time–with complete reliance on the mercy and power of God. What do you need to take before the Lord today? He’s listening.

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