Monday, January 9, 2012

Let God Handle It (Hezekiah's Prayer)

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.
2 Kings 19:14

When a pagan king threatened Jerusalem
a God fearing king did not lose his head
but calmly went to God in prayer
telling God what this pagan king had dared
to defy the God of the Covenant
when trouble came, God's people prayed

An army assembled outside the gate
threatened and mocked while God's people wait
for God to answer Hezekiah's humble prayer
and they cried out in desperation there
God answered their cries, kept Covenant
so that very day, God answered prayer

The world's most powerful fighting strength
is no match for the answer to prayer God makes
because there is unrivaled power in vital prayer
God heard His people, protected them from the snare
when they returned, obeyed His Covenant
they saw the power of God when His people prayed

Hezekiah was king and had money and might
but he trusted God to take care of what was out of his sight
which is why he is great as a man of prayer
and God blessed his rule, rescued and cared
the pagans ran, struck down in a night
God worked to make His people right

When anxious and unsure as to what to do
Lord, help me to remember to turn to You
for the power, strength, and perspective I need
to live this life, trust, and believe
when circumstances don't seem to fit
I know my God can handle it!

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