After Hezekiah had read the note from the king of Assyria, he took it to the temple and spread it out for the LORD to see.
(2 Kings 19:14 CEV)
The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, was threatening King Hezekiah of Judah. What I admire about Hezekiah is the manner in which he chose to respond to Sennacherib’s threats and insults to Israel’s true God. Not only did Hezekiah command the people not to answer the Assyrian commanders and asked the prophet Isaiah to pray, but the king of Judah also took the letter, which the Assyrian king had sent, to the Lord’s temple and literally spread it out for the Lord to see. Hezekiah treated the Lord as a friend. He talked to God about the letter.
Years ago, we re-enacted something similar at church. On a sheet of paper, we made note of things that troubled us and then laid the papers on the altar. It was a liberating experience, one that I’m sure Hezekiah experienced. Sometimes, I still like to literally lay down whatever it is that bothers me before God, and it helps every time.
Make a list of your problems and leave it with God.