Give ear, O Lord, and hear.
       —2 Kings 19:16

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, was on a map-altering campaign, savagely conquering kingdoms. In an arrogant letter to Hezekiah, king of Judah, he demanded unconditional surrender.

Hezekiah counterattacked with an unusual move: “He went up to the temple of the Lord and spread [the letter] out before the Lord,” and prayed over it. And the Lord said, “I have heard your prayer” (2 Kgs 19:14, 20).

Several times recently, I have followed Hezekiah’s example: writing down what concerns me, laying it before the Lord and praying over it. I’ve found that it helps me leave it with God, trusting him to deal with it according to his wisdom, will, and timing.

You can do it mentally, but there’s something reinforcing about writing it down and leaving it with God. You may want to try it.

Give God time. Don’t put a period
before the end of the sentence.

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