THEME: THE ANCIENT PATHS
“Did you not hear long ago How I made it, From ancient times that I formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, That you should be For crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins.”
-It was until the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah’s reign when Sennacherib the king of Assyria sent his field commander and a large army to Jerusalem. Sennacherib had attached all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. He blasphemed and mocked the Lord God of Israel. It was then that Hezekiah heard the mockery when he tore his clothes, put on sack clothes and went into the temple to pray. He also sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth to prophet Isaiah saying, “This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them” (Isaiah 37:2-3). Hezekiah presented Sennacherib’ mockery letter to the Lord in the temple and prayed. The Lord heard his prayer and fought for them. At night, the angel of the Lord went out and killed a hundred and eighty five thousand people in the Assyrian camp. Later; as king Sennacherib worshiped before his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with sword, and his other son Esarhaddon succeeded him as king. God is calling us to return to the ancient paths like king Nehemiah who completely trusted in Him. To also humble ourselves before Him through fasting, prayer and total submission to Him, and He will lift us up.
God Almighty Father, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth. Only You are the living God. All other gods are made with stone and wood calved by human hands and cannot hear nor see. Look to us dear Lord with mercy and forgive us all our sins. You have said in Your word that, humility comes before honor, we come with humility at Your feet Jesus asking for Your mercy and grace. Heal all our wounds dear Jesus and save us. Save us from all forms of oppression and sickness. Save us from poor governance and corruption. Save us from poverty and shame. Save us from habitual sins and all the snares of the devil. Save us from fear and delay. Hear our prayers dear Jesus and answer all our hearts desires. Bless us indeed with the dew of heaven Jesus and expand our territories. Increase our faith in You so that we may only look to Your ancient paths. We look to You only Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Only You are able to save us. Only You are seated at the right hand of the throne of God, we worship You and exult Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
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