Hezekiah’s First Prayer of Desperation
Hezekiah's first prayer of desperation is for the Nation of Judah.
“Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord:
The thing that caught my attention when I was reading Hezekiah's first prayer of desperation was that he went up to the house of the Lord and spread out the letter he had received from Sennacherib before the Lord, and then he prayed his prayer of desperation.
What should be our motivation for praying desperate prayers? Hezekiah lays it out clearly.
“…that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone are the Lord.” Isaiah 37:20b
In the margin of my Bible, beside Isaiah 37:14-20, I have written, “pray over the prodigal.”
Hezekiah’s Second Prayer of Desperation
Hezekiah’s second prayer of desperation is more of a personal nature. In chapter 38 of Isaiah we read that Hezekiah was sick and at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah came to him and told him that the Lord said for Hezekiah to set his house in order and prepare to die.
"Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, and said,
After Hezekiah's second prayer of desperation, notice in Isaiah 38:5 what the Lord tells the prophet Isaiah to say to the king:
“…Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.” Isaiah 38:5
Friend, God hears your prayers of desperation. He sees your tears, just as He did with King Hezekiah.
After Hezekiah is given a miraculous sign and is miraculously healed he writes this:
“Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love You have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.” Isaiah 38:17
It was for my welfare! When's the last time you were able to say, "it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness"?
And let's not miss this:
"Now Isaiah had said, ‘Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.’ Hezekiah also had said, ‘What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?’” Isaiah 38:21-22
Hezekiah, at the point of death, is concerned about when he can go to the house of the Lord again.
Two prayers of desperation—one for a nation, one for his own person.
What prayers of desperation are you praying today, friend? Remember, God hears you!!
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