TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
Scripture: Isaiah 37:1-4
King Hezekiah found himself under assault by Sennacherib, King of Assyria. Hezekiah’s response was to send for the prophet Isaiah and to basically say, “This is a day of trouble, rebuke and blasphemy, for the children have come to birth and there is no strength to bring them forth.” They were under severe threat of total destruction from the King of Assyria. SO the question was, what do you do when you are under attack? The first thing King Hezekiah did, was he sent for Isaiah to alert him of the distress and peril that faced the nation. He said, “Isaiah, maybe the Lord will hear the words that Sennacherib has spoken, but you need to pray for the remnant that is left.” The entire nation was under threat of execution and King Hezekiah had more faith in Isaiah’s prayers than his own. King Hezekiah had to pray it himself. Are we looking for other people to do what God is looking for us to do? King Hezekiah was. Is it possible that we need to rise up into the place where he had to go? Why was he hesitant to move in that direction? It may be that we need to pray the prayer that he prayed and break through our hesitancy to go there. We may think that it takes a person like a pastor or a full-time minister or an Isaiah-type to pray termination prayers. King Hezekiah had to pray it himself. Is God waiting for us? Are we there?