Isaiah 37:14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.
How do you respond to your problems? Do you worry or complain about them or do you give them to the Lord? Our natural tendency is to waste time worrying about the problem even though that will not create any change. 1 Peter 5:7 points us to the right way to respond to our problems; it says “casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you”. What the scripture is instructing us to do is to give our problems to the Lord and the reason given why we should do that is because He cares for us. When you give your problems over to the Lord, He will make your problem, His problem because He loves and cares for you.
Hezekiah gave over his problem to the Lord in Isaiah 37:14. Rabshakeh, who was the chief officer of the King of Assyria, sent an arrogant letter to King Hezekiah talking about all the nations that the Assyrians had previously conquered in making the point that Hezekiah should not let the God that he trusts, deceive him to believing that “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria”. When Hezekiah got the letter from the messengers, he responded by doing two things. The scripture said that he went up unto the house of the Lord and spread the letter before the Lord. Going to the house of the Lord is synonymous with going into His presence. What that teaches us is that before we start praying about our problems, we should position ourselves in His presence. True intercession is done in the presence of God. It was not until Hezekiah was in God’s presence that He spread out the letter before the Lord. Look at what happened after he finished praying: God sent the prophet Isaiah immediately to him with the answer to his prayer. It only goes to show that when we take the right approach to giving our problems to the Lord, we can expect faster answers to our prayer. Give your problems to the Lord the right way.
Life Application: Give your problems to the Lord by positioning yourself in God’s presence even before laying out the problem to the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, I give all my problems to you. Typically, my response is to worry instead of taking it to you in prayer. Forgive me Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.