Bless the Lord, whose name is to be praised,
Our Father who art in heaven,
who has given us his laws,
to show us the error of our ways,
Blessed is his son, Christ the Messiah,
who redeemed us from having broken them.
Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit,
who assists us in sinning no more,
and sustains us in the way of the Lord,
grant us wisdom and understanding this day.
Old Testament Reading - Hezekiah’s Prayer
9Soon afterwards news reached the king that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was coming to attack him. Before leaving to meet the attack, he sent back this message to King Hezekiah:
10“Don’t be fooled by that god you trust in. Don’t believe it when he says that I won’t conquer Jerusalem. 11You know perfectly well what the kings of Assyria have done wherever they have gone; they have completely destroyed everything. Why would you be any different?
14Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers, read it, and went over to the Temple and spread it out before the Lord. 15Then he prayed this prayer:
“O Lord God of Israel, sitting on your throne high above the angels,a you alone are the God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You created the heavens and the earth. 16Bend low, O Lord, and listen. Open your eyes, O Lord, and see. Listen to this man’s defiance of the living God. 17Lord, it is true that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all those nations 18and have burned their idol-gods. But they weren’t gods at all; they were destroyed because they were only things that men had made of wood and stone. 19O Lord our God, we plead with you to save us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone are God.”
20Then Isaiah sent this message to Hezekiah: “The Lord God of Israel says, ‘I have heard you! 21And this is my reply to King Sennacherib: The virgin daughter of Zion isn’t afraid of you! The daughter of Jerusalem scorns and mocks at you.
31A remnant of my people shall become strong in Jerusalem. The Lord is eager to cause this to happen.
32“‘And my command concerning the king of Assyria is that he shall not enter this city. He shall not stand before it with a shield, nor build a ramp against its wall, nor even shoot an arrow into it. 33He shall return by the road he came, 34for I will defend and save this city for the sake of my own name and for the sake of my servant David.’”
35That very night the Angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrian troops, and dead bodies were seen all across the landscape in the morning.
36Then King Sennacherib returned to Nineveh.. . . . .2 Kgs 19:9b-11,14-21,31-36
- Literally, “cherubim.”
Please remember our Prayer Requests
We pray for all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbours
and for those who are alone.
For this community,
and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.