Isaiah 37:3-4. “And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. It may be the Lord, thy God, will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.”
I can only imagine the fear that must have consumed the minds and hearts of Hezekiah and the men he sent to Isaiah for counsel. They knew what the Assyrian army was capable of. They understood that their city and their lives were about to be destroyed, and there seemed to be no help for it.
They told Isaiah that this day was a day of trouble. Indeed it was. Trouble, rebuke, blasphemy, and weakness. The people were called to account for their idol worship, for their turning away from God, for their lack of character in the face of a challenge from Rabshakeh. The example they used was that of a woman in hard labor who did not have the strength to push the child out of her womb. She was helpless.
Hezekiah’s message to Isaiah was, “It may be that the Lord thy God.. …will hear your prayer and deliver us.” It wouldn’t seem that Hezekiah’s faith was very strong, and that he recognized his own weak relationship with God. He seemed to know that Isaiah had God’s ear, and he was asking Isaiah to intercede for Jerusalem with God, hoping that God would heed the prayer of Isaiah. Apparently there was still a remnant–a few people in Jerusalem–who trusted God. Hezekiah asked Isaiah to pray that God would deliver Jerusalem for the sake of the remnant there who still obeyed God.