Pattern for prayer

And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.  Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands  and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed.  So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.”

Throughout the Bible, we find many examples of prayers to follow. We all know that prayer is important and vital to our walk with God.   The disciples asked Jesus, “Teach us to pray.”  In our read-through the Bible this year, we come to 2 Kings 19, and we see a very good example, Hezekiah. Do you see the pattern of Hezekiah’s prayer?

  • YOU are…(v 15) the only God, Lord, Creator of all, who sees and hears and knows all
  • SO..(.v 19) because of WHO You are, God…
  • THAT….(v 19) here is the purpose, the motive…
  • they may KNOW that YOU are…(v 19) the One and Only True God, awesome in greatness!

What a great pattern for us to follow!  Acknowledge God in all His holiness, His awesomeness, His beauty…that HE ALONE is God…and BECAUSE of who God is, ask HIM to SHOW HIMSELF great among the nations, that they, too, will SEE and KNOW that our God is GREAT!

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