“Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God.”Isaiah 37:20
In 721 BC Assyria was spreading towards the west. They have conquered Israel, the northern kingdom, now they surrounded Jerusalem, the capital of Judah. Sennacherib, king of Assyria gave an ultimatum to Hezekiah, king of Judah. The Assyrian representative was boasting and threatening the defenders on the walls of Jerusalem, trying to turn them away from their trust in God and also their king. The king, however was unflinching in his faith in God, the Lord will deliver them, He made His promise to them! The king entered the temple and bowed down in prayer before the Lord, asking for His deliverance from the enemy.
Hezekiah was resolute, and committed to prayer, but he knew not when, or how the Lord will save them fulfilling His promise. Yet he was certain that the Lord will be faithful! Next morning as they woke up they found the Assyrian camp empty, the enemy were dead, Sennacherib fled!
In a hopeless situation Hezekiah held on to God’s promise and entrusted his own and his people’s life into God’s keeping! If you know the depth of such battling and fulfilled petition then your outlook, your perspective of hopeless situations has been changed. Then you look totally differently upon your burdens, your life, and all that might threaten it, like COVID-19. Prayer, in an amazing way, lifts you up, out of despair, above your fears, and anxieties. Why and How? Simply because every word of your prayer is holding onto the Lord and His promises who is above, and lifts you to the eye level of God and you see your outlooks from his perspective!
All who live on daily prayerful dialog with the living Lord know that they have ‘a secret mana’ that nourishes and strengthens them on the way! In those the powers of the coming Kingdom are at work, and reach out through them into their surroundings.
Trust in the promises of God! Trust in His faithfulness! Trust in His Word! For what matters is not the size of the enemy, or the strength of their voice, but how close you are to the Lord, for your salvation is already prepared with Him! The Lord said:
“call on me in the day of trouble;Psalm 50:15
I will deliver you, and you will honour me.”