2 Kings 19:14-15a, 19 NIV 2011
Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed…
“Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.”
Hezekiah, son of Ahaz became the king of Judah at twenty-five. Sennacherib, king of Assyria threatened him fourteen years later. 2 Kings 18b, “Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’” 2 Kings 19:6, “Isaiah said to them… ‘Do not be afraid of what you have heard.’” Hezekiah understood the Lord was with him. He knew what to do after reading the letter taunting him. After reading the letter, Hezekiah prayed at the temple and remained faithful to the Lord. God hears the humble, honest prayers of His people.
A conversation with one of my sisters yesterday affirmed a like-minded approach to those sleepless moments in the middle of the night. She was relating an evening not long ago when she woke because sleep eluded her. Her choice was to pray for everyone she knew before the blanket of sleep finally covered her once again. It’s comforting to know God is ever-present awaiting fellowship with us. He listens and hears our humble, honest prayers no matter when we pray.
Why does God listen daily to prayers?