Hezekiah’s Prayer (Isaiah 36-38)

Written by Heather Zempel | December 8, 2010 | Isaiah 36 - 39

This passage of Scripture describes the invasion of Jerusalem by Sennacherib and the Assyrian Army. It was such a critical moment in the history of Judah that it is recorded here, in 2 Kings 18, and 2 Chronicles 32. It is also believed that Psalm 46 may have been written by King Hezekiah about this incident. Shortly after that, Hezekiah was told to get his estate in order because death was at his door.

As I read through Garden to City this year, I find that a number of different things are striking me like never before. For instance, I’m amazed at how often idolatry is addressed. I’m surprised at how many times God commands his people to observe Sabbath. I laugh a lot more than one might imagine for the Bible—there’s just a lot of funny stuff in there. I’m horrified a lot and confused a lot. And I’m also really struck by people’s prayers.

When he heard the news of his impending death, he prayed, “Please, O Lord, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.”

I don’t think Hezekiah was just trying to bargain with God here. (You know that process, right? “God, I know I didn’t study for this test, but I DID go to youth group last week, so if you’ll just help me this once, I promise I will never be a slacker again.”) When you face news like that, you have clarity on your life, where you succeeded, where you failed, and what you wish you had done. Hezekiah was reviewing his life before the Lord.

Faithfulness, a whole heart, a life of doing good in the sight of God.

If we reviewed our lives today, what words would we use to describe it?