Then, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Hezekiah was a good king. Early in his reign he smashed the pagan shrines where the Hebrews worshiped other gods. In the 14th year of his rule he faced a great test. Assyria, the world’s only superpower, attacked Israel, and Hezekiah responded by promising to pay them off, if they’d only retreat.
To gather enough payola, Hezekiah used all the money in the treasury and stripped the gold from the sanctuary doors. But it wasn’t enough! Yet, he quickly learned from his mistake.
He decided to trust God, and relied on the power of prayer. Soon thereafter, the prophet Isaiah appeared and assured Hezekiah that his prayer had been answered. That night the Angel of the Lord went into the Assyrian ranks and killed 185,000 soldiers. In the morning, the King of Assyria broke camp and never returned.
Even after Hezekiah made a foolish decision, he rallied and made a wise one. God didn’t hold that against him and swiftly answered his prayer. It’s been said, that the amount of time we spend in prayer, actually reveals how much we really believe in prayer. Ask God to help you experience the joy of His presence and the power of depending upon Him for all your needs.
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If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
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