A King who knew how to pray (II Kings 19; Hebrews 1)

“And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: ‘Oh Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubin, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.'”  II Kings 9:15

“Pray for me.”  This was the desperate plea of a friend who was going through a very difficult time in life.  This friend could not see a way through what they were facing.

Question, “Have you ever been in this place before?”  This is exactly the place the King of Judah found himself in.  For the context of his problem you will need to go back and read II Kings 18.  Here is a quick overview:

 

1.  God has placed Hezekiah on the throne of Judah.

2.  God has a plan for Hezekiah to bring glory to the God of Judah.

The king of Assyria has been used by God to judge Israel.  However he has taken all the credit and has now elevated himself above God.  He believes he is to do to Judah what he did to Israel.

The King of Israel was wicked and he led the 10 tribes to do wickedness.  So they are now in captivity.  But the King of Judah was right before God.  Now we see the King of Assyria belittling God’s King.

In chapter 19 we read of the King of Judah entering the house of the Lord to pray.  His prayer is the best prayer we could offer to God in any trouble.

Think it through:

1.  The king submitted himself to the sovereign rule of the Lord, Vs: 15.

2.  The king prayed, “Save us for the sake of your name,” Vs: 16-19.

Brothers and sisters: “God heard and God honored the king who honored Him.”  Be assured, our God will always respond to prayer that seeks to honor His will and His name in the world.

How did God respond:  God took out Judah’s enemies, Vs: 35-37, and God promised a blessing to Judah, Vs: 30-31.  The ultimate fulfillment came in the coming of our true king, “King Jesus!!!”

Take it out for a spin:

In the midst of your trial:  “Trust in the sovereign Lord to always do what is best for the kingdom.”  And by the way, “You are a child of that kingdom!”

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