Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
2 Kings 19:14-15
Just before these two verses, Hezekiah received a message from his opponent that called into question his belief in the sovereignty, power and faithfulness of God. Discouragement, doubt and disbelief are something we can all encounter as we pursue a life lived with God. Wonderfully, Hezekiah shows us how to handle them.
1. Hezekiah went to the temple of the Lord and spread the letter out before the Lord.
We can bring what ails us, into God's presence and lay it out before Him.
2. Hezekiah prayed.
Sometimes, in the face of doubt, prayer can feel like a desperate or powerless act.
It is not! Prayer is conversation with God. It is deliberately seeking Him and listening to Him as we share the circumstances of our lives and the world around us. It is a
powerful exchange between the Holy Spirit and us, in which, we can encounter the
love, authority, truth and life of God.
3. Hezekiah praised God and acknowledged His authority and authorship over all of heaven and earth.
Praising God builds our spirit. It helps centre us in God and recognise His Kingship.
It reminds us of who God is and just how good He is. Choosing to praise God, even in the face of great discouragement, helps us to receive God's will for the situation at hand. It also gifts us faith to believe it is His will that will be done.
Today, have a go at Hezekiah’s method. Bring something of your life into God's presence and lay it out before him. Pray and listen. What is God's heart on the matter? Praise God, write poetry, paint, dance, sing, run. Pour out to God in praise and receive faith for tomorrow.