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Lay it All Out!

The enemy has launched a frontal attack. His signature is a combination of slander against God’s truth, goodness, and power. He pounces on every opportunity to uproot confidence in God’s reality and is delighted when the nations mock God. His tactics aren’t new. He’s been at this a long time—but, never forget—we have the advantage.

How should we respond when under enemy fire?

Lay it all out. Talk to the Deliverer. 

One of my favorite prayer scenes in all of Scripture is found in 2 Kings 18–19. If you spend time soaking in these chapters, you’ll recognize the enemy’s familiar refrains spewing from Rabshekah’s mouth as he taunts those who trust in God and then ultimately blasphemes God by implying He’s no different than the gods of other nations.

When the vicious threats reach the king’s ear, he knows just what to do. He goes to prayer. Hezekiah humbles himself and seeks God for his nation’s deliverance. He calls on others to join him in the intercession effort, and when the enemy turns up the heat through an official dispatch . . . 

Hezekiah sets aside everything and gets alone to lay it all out before God.

In childlike trust this mighty king takes the enemy’s pompous letter and literally spreads it out before God.

I love his opening statement:

“O Lord . . . You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth . . .”

Recognition of the Almighty then leads to the heart of Hezekiah’s appeal (please don’t miss this!!) . . .

“Deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone are God.”

He doesn’t ask for deliverance for his own sake, or even for the safety, comfort, or prosperity of the nation. He asks for deliverance so that God’s great name can be known far and wide as the one and only, the true and living–God! He wants God’s name and reputation to be vindicated! What a prayer!

What battle strategy against the enemy’s arsenal!

When we pray from the basis of God’s glory—we are praying from a position of spiritual power.

I want His great name to be known and vindicated in our own nation. I desire for all to know that He alone is God.

How about you? Are you ready to get serious about it?

Ready to lay it all out?

Adapted from my post on the True Woman blog 09.02.10

7 Comments

  • kim lazor

    Awesome! I will be praying this scripture. Exactly what every believer needs to be praying for our Nation’s deliverance. Thank you for your posts, I am learning so much from following your blog. Have a great day!

  • Melissa Rogers

    Thank you for this sober reminder Kim! How often do we toss up quicky prayer because “God knows it already, right?” God however desires our full heart, our full attention!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Kim ~

    Thank you for your comment, good to have you join the blog! I agree with your statement: Exactly what every believer needs to be praying for our Nation’s deliverance.” We stand in such need of a mighty work of God and a powerful, nationwide revival.

    May we see God work in a way that is beyond what we can imagine to glorify Himself in our nation (Eph. 3:20).

    Blessings ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Melissa ~

    Yes–you said it well: “God . . . desires our full heart, our full attention!” It is amazing to think what God could do through the Church if He had our full heart and attention. May it be so!

    God’s blessings to you!

  • Vivian Etherington

    Yes! I love this for a couple of reasons..the title “Lay it all out!”–so often when I journal I am laying it all out before The Lord. I know I can be totally transparent because He already knows anyway.
    Praying on the basis of God’s glory…I need to grow in this area. Sometimes my prayers are fueled by that but not always.
    Thank you for another great post on the subject of prayer!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Friend ~

    I appreciate your prayer support. I’m thankful, Viv, I can always count on your to pray when needed!

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend ~