Scripture: Isaiah 37-39; Psalm 76. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
As we continue through the Book of Isaiah (37-39), we read about how Jerusalem’s deliverance is foretold, Hezekiah’s prayer to God, Sennacherib’s fall, Hezekiah’s sickness, and envoys from Babylon. Psalm 76 was written by Asasp and is a call to God to punish evildoers. This beautiful song praises God for His awesome power, most likely written to celebrate the defeat of Sennacherib’s army after it attacked and invaded Judah. Follow along in Isaiah 37-39 and Psalm 76!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Hezekiah asked Isaiah to pray that God would help His people and rescue them from the Assyrian army. Hezekiah never gave up; he turned to God. When we are faced with a troubling situation in life, we must remember and believe that our God is there for us, and He is ready and able to help us. We must persist in prayer and keep our faith strong while we wait for God to answer us. When Isaiah told Hezekiah of his impending death from his illness, Hezekiah immediately turned to God. God allowed Hezekiah to live another fifteen years. We don’t ever have to hesitate to ask God for anything if we will honor Him with what we ask for. Just like Hezekiah realized, good can come from our bitter experiences in life. When we are struggling in life, we can pray for God’s help to gain something beneficial from our struggles. Our God is amazing and awesome in His power; He can do anything! God will punish all evildoers in the world, and He will use any damage done for the benefit of His kingdom one day. We must surrender to God, making and keeping any commitments to Him and carrying them out. Our God is an awesome God! 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of Isaiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.