DAY 3: Hezekiah’s Prayer
Do you spend more time in prayer for the things you want in life, or more time in prayer for God’s will to be done?
As the Assyrians began to surround Jerusalem, king Hezekiah could have prayed that God would protect his life. Instead, Hezekiah prayed that God would miraculously save Jerusalem so that all of the world would know that God alone is the true God. This is a much bigger prayer, and God would respond to Hezekiah’s prayer in a really big way.
Archaeology has confirmed that Hezekiah had a tunnel constructed in order to keep fresh water in the city while the Assyrians surrounded it. (You can still walk through this tunnel in Jerusalem today.) Archaeology has also confirmed that the Assyrian army left Jerusalem without overthrowing it. In fact, of the dozens, even hundreds of cities overthrown by the Assyrians, Jerusalem is the only city they failed to conquer.
What the Scriptures tell us is that God performed a miracle, sending his angel to slay 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. Indeed, God answered Hezekiah’s prayer in a big way! As you read today, consider this: What is one prayer God has answered in your life in a big way?
READING & JOURNALING:
What do you find most interesting about Hezekiah’s prayer (2 Kings 19:14-19)?
What is one prayer God has answered in your life in a big way? (Perhaps you or others may consider it a “miracle.”)
What do you find most interesting about this story as a whole?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 40
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, it’s hard for me to think of just one prayer You’ve answered in my life in a big way, because as I dwell on it, I realize that You have answered many of my prayers in a big way. Whether it happens today, in the coming weeks, or even years from now, I pray that You will continue to work in my life in a significant way. Not so that others would see me better, but so that all others would see that You and You alone are God. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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