Today, I wish to thank each of you for the prayers. A few weeks back, I fell and ended up with a swollen tendon sheath in my wrist. This made writing difficult, but you began to pray. I revisited the doctor this morning, and he reported that my hand is healing well. I’ve appreciated your prayers, but I’m sure many of you have needs too. The following is King Hezekiah’s prayer from Israel’s time of need.
“Hezekiah prayed to the Lord saying, “O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to reproach the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, Lord, are God.”
Hezekiah’s prayer is a great model. He prayed with full trust in God, which is evident by his claim of God’s authority. We know every good and perfect thing comes from above. When we have a need, we should fully rely on God’s character (Philippians 4:19).
We also notice Hezekiah’s plans aligned with God’s. Hezekiah points out that God only is worthy of worship. When we pray, we must align our requests with God’s will first. We should understand God’s knowledge is far above ours, and sometimes we fail to view the bigger picture.
During prayer, we should praise God. He deserves praise for being God, but we should also praise Him for His willingness to provide for us.
God cares about your needs. Isn’t that amazing? The Bible contains over 169 verses about God providing for us. If He cared to emphasize it that much, God truly must have wanted us to know His heart. Let’s trust Him with our present needs.