SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR DECEMBER 17,2022 ( INTERCESSION, TRIUMPH, AND DEALTH)
TOPIC : INTERCESSION, TRIUMPH, AND DEALTH
Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that you order my steps today through your word as I meditate on it.
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 32:20‐33
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
When the outlook is bleak, try the ‘up‐look’. That is what Hezekiah did when he received the terrifying and blasphemous letter from Sennacherib, King of Assyria (v.20). How did God answer his prayer (v.21)? This shows who the true God is. Let us not be discouraged even when we face mockery. We serve the living and mighty God. It is also reassuring to know that when we have done everything that is humanly possible, our ‘God specializes in things thought impossible’. He takes care of us ‘on every side’ (v.22).
The Bible often gives a complete picture of its heroes. Hezekiah was a faithful, prayerful and a prosperous king but unfortunately like all of us, he had his lapses of faith and failures. He became proud and did not respond to the kindness that the Lord had shown him (v.25). Notice, however, the good example he showed in the following verse (v.26). We must learn to be humble, especially when the Lord answers our prayers in a spectacular way and prospers us. “Pride goes before destruction” (Proverbs 16:18).
So what? It is refreshing to read about a man who worshipped God personally and actively worked towards re‐establishing Judah as a God‐fearing nation.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Ask God to help you to be effective is your Christian witness.
Prayer for the week
• Pray for Christians world‐wide to remember that they are soldiers of the cross Pray that they remember that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Pray against bitterness, wrath and anger against the enemies of cross of Christ.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with
1 Kings 5:4; 1 John 3‐5; Psalms 137, 138.