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Watchword for the Month

“Give ear; O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see”
2 Kings 19:16

We learn to adjust and live with stress and strain in our lives. When a situation becomes too much for us to handle, we must always look for help from others.

Hezekiah, King of Judah, had received a letter opposing the Lord. The king of Assyria, a much more powerful nation, plotted to destabilize Hezekiah’s reign. They continued to make fun of Hezekiah’s monarchy and threaten him and the kingdom. They sent Hezekiah a message, essentially indicating that the Assyrians are a powerful and mighty army, and that the Kingdom of Judah is next on their list. They mocked the gods of all the other countries, as well as the God of Israel.

It was a real and credible threat, and King Hezekiah had every reason to be afraid and concerned. We can see that King Hezekiah is in serious trouble. He has two options, and many of us in stressful situations are frequently faced with these two options. Either you can be driven away from God or you can be drawn to him. You have the option of looking for answers in the world and the knowledge of the Bible, or you can be drawn even further into the Lord's embrace.

King Hezekiah went straight to the living God Himself. Hezekiah made the right decision in running to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to the one who can save him. He found himself alone with God. Hezekiah understood his role as king, as well as God’s role as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Hezekiah was a king of a nation, but God was the creator and ruler of all things, whether in heaven or on earth, visible or invisible. He is the supreme, all-powerful God, Jehovah, who is deserving of all honour and glory.

Hezekiah approached the Lord with honour, humility, and respect for who God is. He praised and honoured the Lord with his tongue, offering Him all the praise that is due to Him. This is also how Jesus instructed us to pray in Matthew 6:9, “Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”. Hezekiah prayed with trust in his heart. “Give your ear, O LORD, and observe; and hear the words of the enemies, whom he has dispatched to mock the living God”. Like Hezekiah we say: God, hear the cries of your children, hear our prayers for Covid 19, hear our prayers against looting, and hear our prayers for your children’s health. We have nowhere to turn except to you, our hope is in you.

Dear Br’s and Sr’s, Because of our relationship with the Lord, we must be able to come before the Lord with the same courage as King Hezekiah did. We must first assess our prayer life in front of God. Do we have such a close relationship with God that we can go to Him first and tell Him what’s on our minds?

And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we can be confident that we have received the answers to our questions. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the trust that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”.

When we pray, we should do so in such a way that it feels like we're talking to Jesus face to face and that we're in His presence. The less you or I perceive His presence, the less confident and brave we become. The “right relationship” with Jesus Christ is the key to this. Not simply knowing about Him, but personally knowing Him better than whoever is closest to you. Have faith that God will answer your prayers (Micah 7:7 reads, "But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me."). You will feel confident because you follow the scriptures (Psalm 119:173 states, "Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your teachings,").

You will have faith because you are required to do so (Ephesians 6:18 reads, "praying always in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. Keep watchful with all diligence in this regard, making intercession for all the saints,”)

You will have faith because we know He is capable of exceeding our expectations (Ephesians 3:20 reads, "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,").

Brothers and Sisters, in August, the month of the Moravian Pentecost(13 th August Festival) and Children’s Festival; let us go to God with confidence in our current circumstances as a nation, as Christians confident that He will hear us. We beseech Him to open His eyes and see our land, since His eye sees everything.

Allow God to work in your situation today. Not in your own strength, but in the LORD’s. When we seek God’s help, He is our rock and refuge, and He helps us in all situations, whether they are minor or difficult. Psalmist says “But the LORD has been my stronghold, and my God the rock has become my refuge,” Psalms 94:22.

May God hear our prayers and keep us safe. God bless you everyone and may you be saved as a result of Him.

Rev. S Tom