Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, August 27, 2020


Text:  “Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.” – 2 Kings 19:19.

Comment: Under the reign of King Hezekiah, the cities of Judah were invaded by Assyria, a very hostile enemy to them in those days. The King of Assyria, Sennacherib, boasted of his might and blasphemed the God of Israel. He issued threats and warned Hezekiah and his people not to put their trust in the Lord their God nor think that they could be delivered from his hand. He then sent a letter, in which he reproached the Most High, to Hezekiah. – 2 Kings 19:1-13.

On receipt of the letter, Hezekiah went into the house of God and prayed using the words stated in the text for today, among other things. In answer to the prayer of Hezekiah, God delivered Judah and sent His angel who killed in one night 185,000 men in the camp of Assyria. Thus, the king of Assyria despite his boast and blasphemies found his army defeated and was later killed by his sons. – 2 Kings 19:14-37.

Indeed, the Almighty God hears the prayer of His faithful worshippers (Psalm 65:1,2) and delivers them in time of distress. The Psalmist said: “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:  for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” – Psalm 9:9,10: 34:19.


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