Bible Studies for Life
November 4 2018
Matthew 6:11b; Isaiah 38:1-6 15-17 (HCSB)
In the model prayer Jesus taught us that we should pray for “daily bread” (Matt. 6:11). In the ancient Middle East persons only had provisions for the day. They literally made it from day to day. Many Christians will intercede on behalf of others but are hesitant to pray for themselves. Perhaps they don’t want to appear prideful. The Lord wants us to pray for our needs even as we intercede on behalf of others.
Isaiah 38 illustrates this well. Isaiah 38:1-6 describes a situation that occurred before the Assyrian invasion of Jerusalem that is recorded in chapters 36 and 37. The context is that Hezekiah was sick and near death (Isa. 38:1). This affected the nation as a whole.
This was vital on two levels. First Hezekiah did not have a son. He had no heir to the throne of David. Second it was unthinkable for the throne of David to fail at a time of a national calamity. God was literally telling him to write his will and notify his family.
Hezekiah “turned his face toward the wall and prayed to the Lord” (Isa. 38:2). Some have criticized Hezekiah for weeping and praying. They have suggested his prayer was selfish. This fails to recognize what kind of burden Hezekiah carried for the future throne and for the nation as a whole. His prayer was not an attempt to bribe God. Hezekiah’s prayer was asking God to spare him so he could continue to serve and complete the restoration of Israel. We should remember the king carried the burdens of the nation and of the people of the nation.
God sent Isaiah the prophet to tell him that God had heard his prayer and seen his tears. God gave Hezekiah 15 more years to live. He also promised that he would deliver the nation from the Assyrians.
As Christians we should take our needs daily to God in prayer and trust Him to answer according to His plan and purpose for our lives.