Came across this today in my daily Bible reading. And there are people who scoff at prayer…
Hezekiah is in a world of hurt.
Sennacherib of Assyria (remember him from your fourth grade world history classes?) is about to begain a seige of Jerusalem. He sends his publicity agent to the front door of the city and proclaims that he is about to huff and puff and blow the city down.
Only, its not funny because he can actually do it.
Heze and his board of directors receive a letter from Sennacherib demanding capitilation and they are terrified. An emergency board meeting gets them nowhere. So the king, in desperation…
…went into the sanctuary of God and spread the letter out before God.Then Hezekiah prayed to God: “God-of-the-Angel-Armies, enthroned over the cherubim-angels, you are God, the only God there is, God of all kingdoms on earth. You made heaven and earth. Listen, O God, and hear. Look, O God, and see. Mark all these words of Sennacherib that he sent to mock the living God. It’s quite true, O God, that the kings of Assyria have devastated all the nations and their lands. They’ve thrown their gods into the trash and burned them—no great achievement since they were no-gods anyway, gods made in workshops, carved from wood and chiseled from rock. An end to the no-gods! But now step in, O God, our God. Save us from him. Let all the kingdoms of earth know that you and you alone are God.” –Isaiah 37:14-20
Crazy prayer, huh? Would I have the guts to ask what he did? Would I believe that the response to my prayer would be dramatic? Would I have antecipated the outcome?
That night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere. –Isaiah 37:36
Riddle me this: is it possible that the God-of-the-Angel-Armies would respond to me in that dramatic of a way?