Have You Taken It To The Lord?

Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord… 2 Kings 19:14-15a

 

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

Sennacherib King of Assyria, the world’s loan superpower at the time, wrote a threatening letter to Hezekiah King of Judah. See 2 Kings 19:8-13. The letter was fairly simple and read something like this “Assyria has wiped many nations off the map. You’re next! You’re God is a lier and will not save you.”

Hezekiah’s reaction to the letter was amazing– He literally took it to the Lord in prayer. We are told in 2 Kings 19:14-15 that after reading the letter Hezekiah went to the house of the Lord and “spread it before the Lord.” Amazing. Then, over the letter he prayed an impassioned prayer to the God of Israel. See 2 Kings 19:15-19.

The words that Hezekiah speaks to God are a wonderful example of a deeply spiritual man seeking the Lord’s help. He begins in worship v15, then he describes his difficult situation vv16-18 and asks God for deliverance from the enemy v19a. He closes his prayer with an explanation of why God should save him and the nation of Judah from Sennacherib: “that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.”

How true are the words of the hymn writer: “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

 

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Hymn quotations from What A Friend We Have in Jesus written by Joseph M. Scriven. 1855.

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