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.
Have you ever experienced the joyful release of a new start? A renewed life, cleaned up and ready to forge a hopeful future? The prayers in this story of King Hezekiah and the Temple renewal are excellent models for our own prayers.
We often hear today of “boldness in prayer” and “claiming this in the name of Jesus Christ,” but weakness more surely leads to faith than strength. These prayers emphasize the role of weakness in prayer.