When is the last time yourself threatened by a king to wipe you from the face of the earth? Yeah, its a difficult concept to sympathize with in modern times. But in 2 Kings 19, that’s exactly what happened to Hezekiah. The King of Assyria sent a message of mockery that essentially said, “Don’t believe a word your God has said about protecting you from the might of Assyria. Look at all the other nations we’ve destroyed.”
The passage doesn’t describe Hezekiah’s feelings on the subject. We don’t know if he was poised and clam, or angry and resentful. What we do know is that he responded in prayer. And is that prayer that I believe we can find relief and deliverance when modern day enemies (sinful lifestyles, addictions, & other bondage) mock our God:
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.” (2 Kings 19:14-19 ESV)
I would encourage you rewrite this prayer concerning the enemies you, your family or friends face. If you are not feeling surrounded, the pray for those in your community who desperately need deliverance, just to breath. Let it be known that no one shall stand before God, be it a physical enemy or principality of darkness. Pray against the chains that mock His limitless power.