This prayer is offered by Miriam and the women of Israel, after God delivered them from the Egyptians through the Red Sea. Prayers are often set to music—the entire book of Psalms is a hymnbook of lyrics for which we no longer have the music. Miriam’s prayer-hymn, and the one by Moses and the men before it, offer us some ideas as to how we can use music in our prayer practice, too.
This prayer is an oft-cited prayer, found many times throughout the Bible, especially in the Psalms. Here, the context teaches us about patience in prayer and the joy of God’s answers.
Prayer plays a major role throughout Second Chronicles—there are 36 prayers in the 36 chapters. Those prayers can become our prayers, helping us to avoid mistakes and build our faithfulness.
Sometimes we need to cleanse and rededicate our life. Hezekiah’s religious reforms and the prayers of rededication are an excellent model for us to follow.