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The Prayer of a Desperate Man

2 Kings 18:1
Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 

One of the noteworthy kings that reigned in Judah was Hezekiah. The Bible states, “He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.” (2 Kings 18:5)

I believe that a key to the life of Hezekiah, was his deep relationship with God. It is obvious in scripture that almost every difficult event was met with Hezekiah seeking God.

In the initial story that he is introduced to us, we see him react in a godly way.

2 Kings 19:1
And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.

His first reaction to being potentially destroyed, was to humble himself and appear before God.

Later in the story, he receives additional messages that he will be destroyed. In response, he prays.

2 Kings 19:14-15
And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 

And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

In 2 Kings 20, we read how Hezekiah was sick. Isaiah, the prophet says, “Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.”

In response, Hezekiah prays.

In almost every major dilemma in his life, Hezekiah prays.

A deep and successful relationship with God is built on prayer. In my life, prayer must be first.

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