Scripture for today: 2 Kings 20 and 2 Chronicles 32:24-31.
King Hezekiah’s prayer life was legendary. Through prayer, he saw God defeat the Assyrian army. Through prayer, 15 years were added to his life. Hezekiah’s prayer life was effective so long as he stayed connected to the purposes of God.
His prayers for military victory and physical healing were answered because they were connected to God’s purposes. However, after he received an extra 15 years of life, Hezekiah became more about himself than about God. Instead of telling the Babylonian representatives about the greatness of the one true God, Hezekiah showed them all “his riches.” At the time, Hezekiah was so out of touch with God that he didn’t even know he was being tested.
We must remember that we are to live for God’s kingdom and not our own. A consistent walk of faith connected with the purposes of God is vital because we never know when our faith will be put to the test. It might be through difficulty or it might be through success. In difficulty, pray big and trust God. In success, stay humble and connected to God’s purposes.
Always ask yourself, “If God answered every prayer I am praying right now, how would it impact His Kingdom?”
This devotion is based on Marty McLain’s book “The Crown has Fallen: A Study of the Kings of Judah.”