My beloved brethren, we know through God’s Word and through our own experience that our God hears and answers the prayers of His beloved children who are His through repentant faith in Jesus Christ. Despite what unbelievers may propagate through their wicked mouthpieces we know that our God is Almighty and powerfully works on the behalf of His children.
Recently, we were all witnesses to a terrorist attack on US soil in the state of California. These evil doers emboldened by the false teaching of their false prophet Muhammed, and the weakness of President Obama, attacked US citizens who were enjoying a Christmas celebration. The terrorists’ aim was to murder as many people as possible and spread their terror. They killed fourteen and injured twenty-one unarmed citizens. Praise God the law enforcement of San Bernardino quickly neutralized these dangerous evil-doers. Perhaps the swiftness of this response was aided through the prayers of those left behind after their attack. We do know that our God allowed them to be killed and also revealed their motivation, terrorism.
So isn’t all of this evil perpetrated by Satan against God’s children? Then Satan inspires those who hate God to spread godless propaganda to try and thwart what is our greatest weapon of all, prayer. This attack reminds me of the attack upon the children of Israel during King Hezekiah’s reign.
Jerusalem was under siege by the Assyrians, and the king of Assyria sent his emissaries to spread terror and discouragement throughout the citizenry of Jerusalem. We can learn much from the response of King Hezekiah to this vile attack and the results of his intercessory prayer.
1 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defensed cities of Judah, and took them. 2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field. 3 Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah’s son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph’s son, the recorder. 4 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trusts? 5 I say, says thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebels against me? 6 Lo, thou trusts in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him. 7 But if thou say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar? 8 Now therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them. 9 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? 10 And am I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? The LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. 11 Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jews’ language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall. 12 But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?13 Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria. 14 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you. 15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. 16 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern; 17 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? 20 Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand? 21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not. 22 Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh. 1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD. 2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. 3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left. 5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land. 8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trusts, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? 14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying, 16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwells between the cherubim, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth. 17 Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God. 18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries, 19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. 20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only. 21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:22 This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him:… 36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead. Isaiah 32:1-37:22 & 36-38
This is a long passage, but it serves to remind us in this global war on terror that our God is Mighty to hear and answer prayer, when we turn to Him and trust Him. God heard the prayer of Hezekiah and answered in a mighty way because Hezekiah was not depending upon the arm of flesh. Notice, though, that God did use others to prosecute His judgment upon the king of Assyria.
Despite the attack that happened on Wednesday, December 2, we can know that God does hear and will answer our prayers. He controls the circumstances and the outcomes. He also controls hearts. I would encourage you to pray and beseech our great God and Savior to move the hearts of our leaders to make a determined and bold stand against these evil-doers for the safety and peace of all.
1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. Proverbs 21:1
9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
4 “Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day. Deuteronomy 29:4
6 “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. 7 Also the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.” Deuteronomy 30:6-7
14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. Acts 16:14
1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Since God hears and answers our prayers we need to pray for those in authority that God would move them to stand valiantly against the terrorists. We have the mighty weapon of prayer to our awesome God who hears and answers our prayers. We must pray for our national and states leaders that they would make the protection of the citizenry their main goal, and that they would do all in their legal power to subvert, overthrow and destroy these terrorists. We must also pray that God would expose all evil doers and they would be called to account for the evil they have done whether through conspiring with terrorists or making apology for the same. Let us pray that our Great God and Father would move in the hearts of our leaders. Peaceable living is pleasing to God and promotes the work of spreading the gospel of our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We also have a system of government that allows us to petition our leaders and urge them to do what the laws of our land state, to provide for the general welfare. We must not allow the tepid response of our insipid president abetted by the worthless media to deter us from praying that God would raise up the godly sword of reprisal against our enemies. We have this form of government at this time given to us by God, to allow us to contact our leaders to urge them to go after the terrorists in the land, to not bring in anymore terrorists through bringing Syrian refugees into our nation and not abridge the right of law abiding citizens to defend themselves by attacking our second amendment rights. May we diligently pray for God’s divine protection and leading through His intervention into the hearts of our leaders so they will diligently prosecute the war against terrorists.
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Romans 13:1-4
Lord Jesus Christ we are Your children and we pray that you hear our cries to You and our Heavenly Father so that no more innocent civilians will be butchered by these vile terrorists. Thank you Lord that these two wicked workers were quickly stopped and judged. Please lead our leaders to diligently do all in their power for the protection of law abiding citizens and the promotion of peace throughout the land. Please do a mighty work in response to our cries to You. Amen!