During a national (or personal) crisis it pays to pray!

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I was reminded this morning in my Bible reading that it pays to seek the Lord’s help and guidance when faced with a crisis! This is an important principle during times of national (and international) crisis and leaders would do well not to forget it. But it is also important during times of personal emergencies! Here is one instance of the truth from the Bible…
 
Sennacherib had invaded Judah. He sent the Rabshakeh, a high-ranking Assyrian military officer, with an intimidating message of threat to Hezekiah, his leaders and the people of Judah. He blasphemed Jehovah and treated him as just another object of worship among the other nations Assyria had defeated. It was a time of national crisis… Assyria was the originator of military principle of “shock and awe” and was known for its cruel treatment of those it sought to vanquish.
 
Hezekiah received a threatening letter from the Rabshakeh… “He read it and went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: ‘Oh Lord of hosts, God of Israel… You are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth! Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the Living God… Now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone are the Lord!’ …
 
“Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: BECAUSE YOU HAVE PRAYED TO ME concerning Sennacherib, king of Assyria, this is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him… He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the Lord! For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David!’”
 
And the result? Supernatural deliverance! “And the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians! And when the people arose early in the morning, behold these were all dead bodies. Then Sennacherib, king of Assyria departed and returned home… And as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword.” (from Isaiah 37… read it for yourself.)
 
Hey, it pays to pray! We need to pray!!!

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