Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hezekiah’s Prayer For Families

by Danetta Kellar

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. Isaiah 37:14

Hezekiah received a letter from the most powerful king of his time, the king of Assyria. The Assyrians had left a path of destroyed people and stripped lands wherever they went. Now they were coming for Israel. They knew that dependence upon God was the source of the Israelite’s strength, and that is precisely where they attacked.

God’s enemy has sent a letter to Christian families today, warning, Do not let the God you depend on deceive you… you will be destroyed. He will not save you (37:10). 

The enemy breathes his lies in the media, in schools, even in our youth groups and churches. His victims sit as though hypnotized, listening to his threats while desperately hoping that God will, indeed, save them.

It would seem that the battle to live lives of love and honor is futile some days. 

Sons turn against mothers, fathers take their lives, and mothers leave without a trace. The home is under attack and its inhabitants are fainting from their wounds. Parents are growing exhausted guarding the hearts of their children and training them in a morality that is increasingly rare.

But like Hezekiah, we can bring the enemy’s threats before the Lord, and take courage in what is actually, absolutely true.

We Can Depend On God

I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant! (37:35)

God is a defender of His people. He does not grow exhausted in battle like we do. He does not cast his eyes about, looking for relief, for help. He is our relief, and He is our help. He will defend us and our children.

God is Not a Deceiver

This will be the sign for you, O Hezekiah: …Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. (37:30, 31)

Our roots must grow deep into the life-giving promises of God. As we reach for His Word, we and our children will bear fruit. It will be a sign to us that our God’s words are true, and our enemies will be defeated. 

Establishing roots takes time and faithfulness. Don’t give up, weary mother. Don’t despair, anxious father. Nurture your family with truth from God’s word. Search for His promises like one searches for the sunrise. And, as sure as that light that rises morning after morning, you will take root below and bear fruit above.

God Saves His People

For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. (37:32)

I can see it now, a ragged, dusty, worn-out band of parents and children, emerging from the desert sands of battle with grins on their faces. They are the survivors, the ones who laid out the enemy’s lies before the Lord of lords and held fast to His promises of deliverance. 

His zeal accomplished their survival. And He will accomplish ours today.

Join me and my family as we take time out today to lay out our letter before the Lord, Hezekiah-style. 

Lord, we bring before you all our fears, and all that presses against us as we try to live for you. Deliver us and count us among the remnant of survivors, to your glory. Amen.


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