2 Chronicles 32: 20 – 23
What do you do when you are ‘in it up to your neck’? Where do you turn when you are up against overwhelming odds? As we have seen, Hezekiah did what he could. It would appear that he did everything he could. But in all of that, and above all, he put his trust in God. Confidence in God did not preclude prudent action, but wise decisions alone were not enough.
So Hezekiah formed a prayer alliance with the prophet Isaiah (20). What a prayer partnership this was! Jesus taught that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them (Matthew 18:19, 20). It is a powerful thing to pray in agreement with a fellow Christian. When you have a mountain to move, why not ask someone you trust to pray the situation through with you. For three separate years I had a prayer partner. I asked three different people to join me in prayer and Bible Study for a twelve month period each. During that time I was facing a major crisis in my family, and I drew great strength and encouragement from these prayers. Over a period of time there was progressive healing, and I believe God heard and answered marvellously. (Of course, the prayers of a Christian husband and wife can be so effective, and this supplies a big reason why the devil wants to stop marriage partners praying together.) When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, My Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there. The Message.
The Biblical record is clear in saying that God:
- Saved the day (22a);
- Took good care of His people (22b);
- Elevated Hezekiah ( 23b: All the surrounding nations were impressed – Hezekiah’s stock soared. The Message.)
The great deliverance came about in answer to prayer. Who would have thought though that it would come about in the way it eventually did? Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace, tail between his legs. When he went into the temple of his god, his own sons killed him (21). The Message. Who could have imagined God dealing with the seemingly immoveable problem in this fashion? Sennacherib was overthrown from within the intimate bonds of his own family.
F.B. Meyer makes the point that verse 20 follows naturally from verse 19: It was the indignity done to Jehovah that stirred these two holy men to the heart. Not that their lives, and the lives of their people, and the beautiful holy city were in danger; but that Sennacherib spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.Oh that we were possessed with a similar zeal for God, so that we might look at sin as it affects Him, and lament over the awful wrongs which are continually being perpetrated against his holy, loving nature! What an argument this would give us in prayer.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that Everest-sized mountains are still moved by faith. And thank you for all those who pray with me and for me. You are good.