07/25/2018 — Isaiah Chapters 37-39; & Psalm Chapter 76
Posted on: July 25, 2018 /
Chapters 37 and 38 are Isaiah’s description of the events recorded in 2 Kings 18 — the threat of Assyria to Jerusalem. We will read of this event again when we return to 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. We will even see Isaiah referenced in these passages.
For today’s reading we twice see the Lord’s response to “fervent prayer” as lifted by King Hezekiah. First for the salvation of Jerusalem in Isaiah 37:15-20:
15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 16 “Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. 18 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands. 19 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. 20 Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God.”
Then we see the King offer another prayer regarding his own health in Isaiah 38:2-3
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
And each time we see the Lord respond — saving the City of Jerusalem and extending the life of Hezekiah. Does this mean that all of my prayers will be answered the way I expect them to be? I think our experience has shown that this is not always the case because sometimes what we “expect” may not fall into God’s will and plan for us at that time. But we do have the inspired Word Of God instructing us that prayer is effective.
From James 5: 16: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.