Hezekiah was the king of Judah - the smaller kingdom resulting from the civil war within Israel. The Assyrian king had already conquered neighboring nations including Israel and much of the kingdom of Judah. He sent messengers to Jerusalem seeking its surrender. Hezekiah sought counsel from the LORD through the prophet Isaiah and was reassured that Jerusalem would not fall to the Assyrian king. When Hezekiah received the message from the Assyrian king, he immediately went to the temple and laid the message before the LORD -that is he went to the LORD in prayer. Let's listen to how hezekiah prayed and learn what happened to Jeresalem. Let's discover is such prayer would benefit us today.
Paul's letter to the Romans has been called one of the most important books in the Holy Bible. In chapter 12, Paul exhorts us to "...not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Verse 2, ESV)
What does the renewal and transformation of your mind look like? How is it achieved? Can it happen overnight? If not, how long will it take? Well, the short answer is pretty simple - it can be complicated. Give a listen and learn about renewing and transforming your mind.
Using the LORD's calling of Jeremiah to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1) for background, we look at Jeremiah's prayer in Jeremiah 20:7-18. The honesty and emotion that Jeremiah displayed to his creator, the Lord God, is amazing. Jeremiah at this point in his ministry was really unhappy with God feeling that he had been deceived by God. Indeed the word used in Jeremiah 20:7 is the same used in Exodus 22:16 and Deuteronomy 11:16. Pretty strong. But Jeremiah did not lie to God in how he felt in his prayer. Can we say the same? Give a listen.
1 Samuel 13:1-16.