Praying for the Glory of God

Hezekiah truly made his prayer in II Kings 19 about the glory of God — a model for us all. Faced with invasion by Sennacherib’s army, Hezekiah sought the Lord (:1, :14). As we observed in the last post (here), he began his prayer with praise to God. And even in his request to the Lord, Hezekiah implored God to act, not merely for the benefit of the king or for his people, but for God’s own glory.

He prayed in :16, “listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.” In :17-18 he acknowledged the destructive power of the Assyrian army, but then closed his prayer in :19 by requesting, “Now, O LORD our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O LORD, are God.”

Hezekiah did not pray: “O God, help us so that we won’t die or be humiliated.” He prayed that God would act for the sake of His own name: “that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O LORD, are God.”

Hezekiah’s prayer is a good one for us to model our requests after. Not only did he begin his prayer with a focus on praise to God, but his requests were for God to act for His own glory, NOT merely for what Hezekiah felt were his own needs or desires.

God’s answer to Hezekiah’s prayer is famous: verse 35 says the Assyrian army was destroyed by a single angel of God in the night. Perhaps we would see more answers like Hezekiah’s, if we would learn to pray like he did — not for our own aggrandizement, but for the glory of God.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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