Just a reminder this morning from my time of “coffee with the Lord” … PRAYER WORKS! I needed the reminder this morning and perhaps someone out there does as well! This is what I read this morning in my Bible reading…
“Isaiah, son of Amoz sent this message to King Hezekiah: ‘This is what the Lord God of Israel says: BECAUSE YOU PRAYED to me concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria, this is what the Lord says…’” (Isaiah 37:21 from the NET Bible)
And what follows in the Bible is the incredible account of God’s word of encouragement and deliverance to Hezekiah. Assyria was a formidable threat and adversary! One nation after another had fallen to their violent and overwhelming military power. The very mention of the name “Assyria” in a military context brought dread and terror. Now Judah was the target! Sennacherib marched against the fortified cities of Judah and surrounded Jerusalem. He sent his chief military adviser to challenge and taunt the leaders in Judah in person and via a written letter. Hezekiah received the message, went to the temple, spread it out before the Lord, and fervently prayed!
God heard! And Isaiah 36:22-38 records God’s wonderful answer and miraculous deliverance! Here’s the account…
“So this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria: ‘He will not enter this city, nor will he shoot an arrow here. He will not attack it with his shielded warriors, nor will he build siege works against it. He will go back the way he came— he will not enter this city,’ says the Lord. I [the Lord] will shield this city and rescue it for the sake of my reputation and because of my promise to David my servant.”
“That night the Lord’s messenger went out and killed 185,000 troops in the Assyrian camp. When they got up early the next morning, there were all the corpses! So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh. One day, as he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. They ran away to the land of Ararat and his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.” (Isaiah 37:33–38 the NET Bible)
One more time… Let me say it, PRAYER WORKS!