Encounter: Isaiah 35-39
The Hezekiah Prayer
The Hezekiah Prayer for Kings
“And He would make the wilderness a joy”.
There’s a Word of the Lord to understand and bring forth, based in Isaiah 35-39. I believe it's a message really about how it looks bad, but in the Hezekiah prayer, there is a teaching to kings, and how they were to pray with four different areas of emphasis. This holds true today for us as kings of our God, the Almighty King of kings!
PRAYER EMPHASIS ONE – LOVING GOD
Isaiah received the letter. (Isaiah 37:14-20)
Isaiah took it and he named who God was. He named the exalted place that God had over the heavens and the earth. Then, he asked the Lord to hear and see. He did that because he had been turning to other sources. In his sincerity, Isaiah said: “Now I am re-recognizing You, as God of the heavens and earth and God in this situation. You, God are the One over the Cherubim, the One over the kingdoms of the earth, and in every situation, I am recognizing You as Supreme.”
Isaiah said, “Now hear and see” because he had been looking to other sources, I believe. With that statement, he was saying, “I’m looking completely to you.”
PRAYER EMPHASIS TWO – LOVING GOD’S DESIRE
Ezekiel 36:21- “You have been insulted; Vindicate the greatness of Your Holy Name.”
He’s talking about the level of insult that had come to God’s name. This is really identification with God’s heart. Hezekiah is going a greater route here by saying, “We might be destroyed, but there’s a greater issue here and it’s You and Your Name. This is an amazing truth!”
When I was studying this, God asked me, “Do you know why Isaiah 62 is not happening in this situation you are in?”
I replied, "no, why?”
“Because it’s not the desire of YOUR heart.”
God was saying, if His Isaiah 62 vision of the City was really the desire of my heart, then He would give me the desire of my heart. If I really loved the city . . . I used to drive in 16 areas of my city, and over time I had just fallen in love with my city. It was really my chief desire. Jesus feels the same way, all the time.
King David said, “Jerusalem, my chief joy!” ...and then God redeemed Jerusalem.
PRAYER EMPHASIS THREE – THE KINGLY KEY
So the question is, Does our desire match God’s desire? This is the chief issue of a king. What do you want in your heart? God knows what you want. He loves you enough to give you the desire of your heart. But God looks at those desires and says: “Okay, I’ll marginally answer those, but if I do, it might destroy you. Is this really the desire of your heart?”
The Lord asked me to consider my motivation behind these places that I was contending for, like Cuba, Kansas City, Melbourne, Wellington, Canberra, Roseville, Macon, etc. God asked me these questions:
Do you dream for these places?
Would you live and die for these places?
Are they what you think about, day and night?
Is your chief joy in these places that they be delivered...or just churches and ministry?
If revival happened, how would you respond?
Would you be ready to die if Kansas City came to the Name of the Lord, and He was loved well in these places... or would it be just an ‘achievement’ for you?
I believe this is what Hezekiah was really saying was, “This is really everything to me, and this is the desire of my heart, that this place would not be delivered over.” And then Hezekiah says something even greater:
“Because of Your name, You’ve been insulted and the desire of my heart is You and You being loved in this city. You being loved by these people.”
This is an unbelievable place that Hezekiah’s Prayer brings us to. He wants us to intercede for our cities and nation like: “Oh God, All I live for is Your name, to see Your Face, to see Your Eyes, and to see You loved well in a place.”
Hezekiah reminds God that “You have promises that the kingdoms of the earth will be Yours.” His prayer is really a call for places to “Arise and Shine” for His Glory and for God to be loved and valued in cities and nations.
PRAYER EMPHASIS FOUR – WHY DON’T WE GET THERE?
Lastly, God asked me these important questions: “Do you love Me enough?” Does My Love really fulfill you?
I thought, "I don’t know! If God is simply loved in a city, would that really, truly fulfill me and the desires of my heart?”
“If you can answer “Yes!” and it is truly the desire of your heart, then God will give it to you! But if it’s not your “Chief Joy”, then you really won’t get it, or get to see His Face in this way because God actually is listening for the desires of your heart.
May the desires of our hearts be sincere with pure motives!
May we decree like King David did: “Oh my God, You are my Chief JOY, above all!” (Psalm 132)