There are times in our lives when we pray desperate prayers. When we get a bad diagnosis from the doctor, we may pray a desperate prayer for God to spare our life. When our spouse or a child is sick, we pray desperate prayers for healing. The loss of a job or financial crisis is often accompanied by desperate prayers. God hears our desperate prayers and answers them. He may not always answer them the way we would like, but the more we pray, our faith increases and we begin to understand how God may be working through our desperate times.
This Sunday in worship we'll meet King Hezekiah whose story is found in 2 Kings 18-19. King Hezekiah was one of the good kings of Judah, but he reigned during desperate times. The Assyrian Empire was at the peak of it's might. They attacked Judah, overran and destroyed most of it's cities. Hezekiah's army was decimated. All that's left is the people crowded inside the walls of Jerusalem. The city is surrounded by an army of over 180,000 Assyrian soldiers. If Hezekiah surrenders, the people will be sold into slavery and resettled to other parts of the Empire. The city of Jerusalem will be destroyed. If he doesn't surrender, the city will be destroyed and most of the people killed.
So Hezekiah prays a desperate prayer for deliverance and God hears him and answers. God miraculously defeats the Assyrians, wipes out most of their army, and they go back home in defeat. No one in Jerusalem has to take up a weapon, no one from Judah is injured or killed, God saves them from their enemy. It's a wonderful story and you'll hear about it from King Hezekiah's perspective when we worship God this Sunday.
Most of us face times in our lives when we pray desperate prayers. But we shouldn't wait to develop a healthy prayer life until we're facing desperate times. How can we develop our relationship with God and prepare ourselves for desperate times, so that we know God will hear and answer our prayers? Join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 (Traditional Worship) and 10:45 a.m. (Contemporary Worship) to discover how to trust God and pray in desperate times.
Also, join our January Prayer Challenge. We are asking members of our congregation to set aside five minutes a day to pray for the First Baptist Church, it's ministries and it;s leaders. This week's prayer concerns are:
Sunday 1/13: Pray desperate prayers for your needs and our church and trust God to answer.
Monday 1/14: Pray for our Deacon Board as they meet tonight – may God guide their plans.
Tuesday 1/15: Pray for Mount Rubidoux Manor Annual Meeting – expansion of services to low income seniors in need of assisted living.
Wednesday 1/16: Pray for Wednesday Prayer Meeting, for our church and one another.
Thursday 1/17: Pray for musicians and Holy Spirit inspired worship on Sundays. Rehearsal tonight.
Friday 1/18: Pray for our children and youth ministries – winter camp coming up in a couple of weeks.
Saturday 1/19: Pray for Sunday worship services.