5 When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to
them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because
of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the
king of Assyria have reviled me. 7 Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that
he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall
by the sword in his own land.’”14 Hezekiah received the letter from the
messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and
spread it out before the LORD. 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 ridiculethe 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. ”
1.King Hezekiah went to the temple and prayed for God to intervene
in the desperate situation facing his people. The Assyrian army had
surrounded Jerusalem. The king prayed, “You alone are God over
all the kingdoms of the earth…. Deliver us.”
2.Picture what’s going on, and imagine what Hezekiah, the king of
Judah, might be feeling in this situation. Notice how does Hezekiah
react to the message his enemy sends him? What stands out to
you? How do they relate to you?
3.Think about an area in which you hold responsibility, such as being
a group leader, or a manager, or having responsibility to uphold
your end of a friendship. What are some recent problems that you
are responsible to help resolve? In what ways are you dealing (or
not dealing) with them?
4.Talk with God about what it’s like for you to have responsibility in
this area; share your heart and mind with him.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.