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How do you respond to Satan’s lies and schemes? Today I want to look at the second prayer in our series on prayers from the Bible. Prayed at a desperate time, this prayer is a model that helps us to counteract the voice of the enemy.
Tucked away in the chapters of Isaiah is a short but powerful prayer. Hezekiah, king of Judah, faced threats from a fierce enemy, King Sennacherib of Assyria, who planned to besiege Jerusalem. Hezekiah took a letter filled with the enemy’s threats to the temple of God, and spread the letter before Him—a perfect picture of faith and dependence on God. In the letter, the enemy boasted that he had conquered other nations and their gods hadn’t been able to save them (Isa 37:8-13). Earlier he had even said that the God of the Jews had sent him to destroy their land (Isa 36:10), which was a lie. Just like Hezekiah’s enemy tried to use lies to frighten him and the people, Satan uses lies against God’s children today to make us afraid.
Read Hezekiah’s prayer below, and then see a pattern for our prayers today. Don’t listen to the voice of the enemy. Appeal to God like Hezekiah did.
Hezekiah’s prayer in Isaiah 37:16-20 (NKJV):
16 "O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
17 "Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.
18 "Truly, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands,
19 "and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men's hand—wood and stone. Therefore they have destroyed them.
20 "Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD, You alone."
How to silence the enemy’s voice and to pray for victory:
- v.16 – Remember that God is the one and only, true God, who created all things and therefore has the ultimate authority and power.
- v.17 – Show your dependence on God by asking Him to see the distress you’re in and to hear the enemy’s lies and threats.
- v.18-19 – Disarm the enemy’s lies with the truth. (For Hezekiah, the lie was that God wanted Jerusalem destroyed, and the truth was that the other nations fell because their gods weren’t real.)
- v.20 – Ask God to save you from the enemy’s hand.
God honored Hezekiah’s prayer. He told him that Sennacherib wouldn’t besiege Jerusalem or even enter it. He would leave, and God Himself would defend the city (Isa 37:33-35). God took care of Sennacherib’s army that surrounded Jerusalem. One angel killed 185,000 enemy soldiers. God’s power outmatches any other power.
When Satan sends you thoughts of fear and threatens your strength and joy, appeal to God who is greater than any enemy. Disarm fears by remembering who God is and by appealing to Him to deliver you. God orchestrates victory when we turn to Him for help. He can defeat every spiritual enemy that comes against us.
Do you need to spread some “letters” before God this week? Take your cares and burdens to God. He sees, He hears, and He saves.
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