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Is 37:16

posted Jun 11, 2012, 8:28 AM by David Gerhart
"O Lord Almighty God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the Kingdoms of the earth. You have made heavens and earth.  Give ear, O Lord and hear; open your eyes O Lord and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.  It is true, O Lord that the Assyrinan Kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.  They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood an stone, fashioned by human hands.  Now O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God." Is 37-16-20

Hezekiah's Prayer is made from a foxhole.  Hopeless in the face of a mighty enemy.  But he's a devoted man before God and so this prayer is answered.  God's response was to keep his promises and Glorify Himself before men.

When prayer is contrary to God's promises, it cannot succeed.  Successful prayer is rooted in abject surrender to the will of God in all things.  Only in this way can we be "one" with Him.

"On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you." John 14:20

Importantly, a preface to this summary is:

"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father." John 14:12-13

Hezekiah's prayer was answered because his faith trusted in God's plan.  It worked because it asked to Glorify the Father, and not satisfy an earthly agenda.  True, the nation was saved -- but it was to the Glory of the Lord.   And so prayers are answered when the asking issues from the spirit we share with Christ.  The result will Glorify the Father in Heaven.