Before reading any further, I would like to lead you to chapters 18 and 19 of the book of 2 Kings. Please take some time to meditate on the said chapters, so you could have a clearer understanding of these Scripture passages’ context before we move on.
Scripture emphasis on: 2 Kings 19:15-19
Hezekiah, a man of God, faces probably his toughest challenge in his fourteenth year as king of Judah. The Assyrians were practically everywhere, taking captive every city that they could find. “Now, it is time for Judah to fall into our hands!” the Assyrians must have thought.
Their king sent some officials and a whole army to Hezekiah, mocking him and his people, and throwing insults at God – the very same God whom we worship today. But Hezekiah was firm in his resolve to not answer back (2 Kings 18:36). What was this good king planning? He didn’t have enough horsemen (v. 23)! He was even gripped by fear and, perhaps, a lack of hope (2 Kings 19:3)! Does he still have something up his sleeve?
You would witness at this point that Hezekiah, even if he already was in the position of a king, was not exempted from all these weaknesses. That is sure. He was just like you and me. However, what’s amazing about him is how he responded to this particular problem. What did he do? He inquired and poured his heart out before the Lord, in prayer (2 Kings 19:15-19). He did not answer back to the Assyrian officials; but He chose to be in the Lord’s presence by praying in the temple.
If you think about it, prayer can be considered an unlikely and unnatural response to our circumstances. On a typical scenario, you might rather go to your own set of friends to unload your “personal baggage”. Others, resort to drinking alcohol or munching on food to battle depression. Prayer will most likely fall as our last option.
You might be wondering how Hezekiah’s story ended by now. Hold on, we’ll get there soon.
At the time of greatest trouble, God responded to his heart’s cry in a manner nobody expected. In 2 Kings 19:35, it says: “… it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.” Oh, what victory they had on that day! They didn’t have to lift a finger. Hezekiah and his people held tightly in prayer; and events concluded with God working wonders!
Truly, truly, I tell you that God works in the lives of those who trust in Him! He hears our prayers, our hopes, and our cries! He works, even when He seems quiet. He moves, even if we don’t understand all the situations that come our way. Regardless, God is God – and He really is Someone who delights talking to His beloved children and to care for their needs.
Therefore now I invite you, my friend, to start a habit of daily conversation with the Lord in prayer. Set a definite time and place where you can regularly meet with Him. Open your Bible again; grab a pen and write on a journal. We can only know our God and Savior by allowing Him to reveal His heart in Scriptures and to enjoy His presence in our times of fervent prayer. Start it now, as you take all these to heart, and make knowing God our utmost priority.