Saturday, March 31, 2018

Isaiah 37

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 37. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Chapter 37 starts with King Hezekiah hearing the report of what transpired with the Assyrian representative. And he is upset. He's got his sackcloth on and he is tearing his clothes (signs of grief). 
  • Only Jerusalem had remained unconquered at this point. 
  • The king asks the prophet Isaiah to pray for the city. Not only that, but he actually asks for God's help. 
  • God shows up and gives a pretty detailed promise of the beat down he is going to unleash on the Assyrians, comparing them to an obstinate animal with a ring in it's nose and a bit in its mouth. God is taking control of this situation. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We see a King overcome with sadness and grief. He reaches out, not just to Isaiah to pray to God on behalf of the people, but also to God directly. 
  • We see God respond to the pleas for him. Not only does he show up, he is ready to roll on behalf of his people
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God always shows up when we ask him to. This chapter is a great example of going to God with our problems directly and asking for his help. But beyond that, the King asks the Prophet  to pray on behalf of the people too.
  • This is a great example of being part of a community you can count on to pray for you and with you. A Verve Group mirrors this example of asking others to pray with us and for us. If you are feeling like you need someone praying in your corner, fill out a connection card when you visit Verve this weekend.