It happened again: as I read through some amazing pages of scripture I sensed God at work. His Spirit prompting, convicting, revealing to me how what the Word was saying along with His gentle whispers about how this should impact me personally. The pulse He brings into my heart in these moments are worth waiting for and worth striving towards. They energize. They bring direction. They cause reflection. They force introspection. And they drive home heart realizations.
This time the Spirit came as I dug into the heart of Isaiah’s writings. It was the story of Hezekiah and what he did when surrounded by the Assyrian army waiting to pounce. Isaiah 36-37 shows the heart of a leader who chose not to follow the crowd or the example of his own father, but instead went and laid his heart and burdens bare before his God in prayer. You think you have problems? Try out 185,000 soldiers surrounding your town, launching verbal assaults of threats and blasphemy; just waiting to plunder, attack, kill, and separate families forever.
What did this leader do in his moment of trial? Hezekiah calls for prayer and then boldly and honorably seeks His Lord, “O Lord our God, Save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms may know that thou art the Lord, even thou only.”
And what did it prompt in me? A realization that prayer is a special privilege for God’s people. Call on Him. Cry to Him. Seek His help and deliverance. Speak. Tell all. Open up. It’s just you and God – He knows, but He loves to hear you tell Him. He longs to hear you honestly confess and trustingly ask. That’s what Hezekiah reminded me of, and with it one final thing the Spirit revealed: only with my heart-filled belief will I see His Glory revealed in real-time in my life. Throughout Scripture and our lives there is this undeniable link between our belief and God’s glory. Belief verbalized in prayer leads to God revealing His glory in our lives. Jesus told us that if we desire to see God’s glory then we must believe; and the size of our faith in God is visualized in the quality of our conversations with Him.
“If thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God.” John 11