Hezekiah ruled over Judah and was a good and faithful king.
Hezekiah often became the target of warring nations. The king of Assyria, which was a much more powerful nation, made plans to overthrow Hezekiah’s kingdom. Throughout the stressful time in leadership, Hezekiah consistently used the same battle plan.
He went before the Lord in prayer—and—he followed the Lord’s commands.
Hezekiah relied on prayer to rule his life. This king knew how to pray and he prayed in a way that got results.
At one point, the Assyrian king launched a huge smear campaign against Hezekiah with his own people. It scared Hezekiah’s people.
Hezekiah heard about the threat and went before the Lord. God assured Hezekiah everything would be okay, but the Assyrians wouldn’t let up their verbal assaults. They kept taunting the kingdom of Hezekiah, throwing threats towards Hezekiah. Finally, they sent a letter by messenger to Hezekiah, which basically said, “The Assyrians are tough, and they are coming for you next.”
It was a credible, realistic threat. In a practical sense, Hezekiah had reason to be afraid.
What do you do when you are backed into a corner as a leader and you’re about to face something bigger than your ability to handle?
Well, Hezekiah received the letter with all the threats and began to pray.
We find this account in 2 Kings 19:14–19.
What can we learn from listening in as Hezekiah prayed? I will be sharing these thoughts over the next couple of days. God bless.