[ecko_quote source=" 2 Kings 19:19"]“Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone”[/ecko_quote]
For most English speaking people the acronym ASAP means, “As Soon As Possible” or immediately. But for the Christians, it can also mean “Always Say A Prayer”.
King Hezekiah was one of Judah’s best kings. He restored the worship of God to his nation after his father Ahaz’s evil reign (2 Kings 18:3-4). Yet when the Assyrian king attacked Judah, Hezekiah surrendered to the king and stripped off the gold from the temple in Jerusalem to pacify him (vv 13-16).
That did not satisfy the Assyrian king, However, who returned to issue another threat. It was then that Hezekiah turned to the Lord. He prayed, “You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth …. save us from his hand that all of the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God. You alone” (19:15-19). When Hezekiah prayed, God answered him in a remarkable way and delivered him from his enemies (vv 35-37).
You may be facing a problem that leaves you feeling helpless. It may be the loss of a job and seeking a job, a difficult family or work situation, or health struggles. We have a powerful God to whom we can bring our concerns. So, before you do anything else, remember to ASAP - Always Say A Prayer. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16)
Prayer should be our first response rather than our last resort.
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Pastor Jonah Ravinder - United Telugu Church