Today at church, the pastor spoke about King Hezekiah and how he modeled “Seeds of Prayer.”
He prayed faithfully and prepared fervently. Our seeds of prayer lay the foundation of our lives and sets the trajectory for the rest of our lives.
In 2 Kings 19, King Hezekiah was faced with great opposition from his enemies. His foes stated, “He was like a bird trapped in a cage.” All the odds seemed against him and the people of Israel.
But, King Hezekiah knew that his source of strength and victory would come directly from Yahweh. His confidence was tied into his great faith and reliance upon the Lord. His identity would be firmly rooted in God’s power and glory! He would not be temperamental or shaken because of the great number of enemies that surrounded him or planned to destroy Israel.
With urgency, King Hezekiah went into the temple of God and spread out his letters and requests before the Lord. He brought his requests to the Lord and he put in the hard work. He prepared for the battle. He sowed seeds of prayer before the Lord and he later reaped the harvest of victory against his enemies.
Today the pastor reminded us that Hezekiah brought all his requests straight to the temple of God. It was intentional and intimate. It was a reminder to King Hezekiah that God made a covenant with Israel and that God loved them and would take care of them.
King Hezekiah was reminded during time spent in prayer and fellowship with God that God is ultimately in control. King Hezekiah says, “You are the only true God.”
King Hezekiah speaks into existence from the overflow of his heart. Only God can Save Israel. Which is a beautiful reminder of our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus in Hebrew is Yeshua, “God saves.”
King Hezekiah ends his prayer giving the Glory To God. He knew that regardless of the outcome of the battle at hand, that his life and his ultimate purpose was to bring God glory and bring the people of Israel to a closer relationship with God. He decided in his heart to glorify God’s name from beginning to end, no matter how defeating it looked from the natural viewpoint and from man’s eyes. King Hezekiah was going to continue to pray and press into spiritual battle, press into the supernatural presence of God and declare God’s glory and victory over the battle against Israel.
Finally, King Hezekiah had faithfully prayed and completed his appeal to God. He did what we should all choose to do in unknown circumstances... King Hezekiah trusted God, then he went and rested. True peace and rest are the true fruits of a life that has completely surrendered to God’s Will.
We must seek out the Lord & bring Him our troubles and hang-ups!
What struggles or obstacles have you been dealing with lately?
Write them all out and bring them to God.
Praise and worship God and be encouraged and reminded of His faithfulness.
Remember that God can move in any circumstance and situation. Throw away your idols and get rid of your distractions! Wholeheartedly turn your affections to the one true living God.
Give God the glory and remember that you are an important and vital part of God's family!
Pray, prepare, and place trust in God's promises and His word. Choose to trust God and then rest in His peace and presence!
Romans 8:28 is my life verse! The Apostle Paul writes, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose."
In Psalm 23, King David provides a breathtaking visual of what it looks like to trust God and rest in His peace and presence. "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."