[Hezekiah] kept doing what was right in Jehovah’s eyes.
When Ahaz died in 746 B.C.E., his son Hezekiah inherited the materially impoverished and spiritually bankrupt kingdom of Judah. As the young king ascended the throne, what would his priority be? To shore up Judah’s ailing economy? No. Hezekiah was a spiritual man, a worthy shepherd of his national flock. His first act was to reestablish pure worship and to reinforce the wayward nation’s frayed relationship with Jehovah. When he understood God’s will for him, Hezekiah acted decisively. (2 Chron. 29:1-19) He invited all of Judah and Israel to a great Passover celebration. (2 Chron. 30:25, 26) What an inspiration that proved to be for all the people! From 2 Chronicles 31:1, we learn: “As soon as they finished all this, . . . they proceeded to break up the sacred pillars and cut down the sacred poles and pull down the high places and the altars.” In a mighty way, Judah thus began to turn back to Jehovah. w13 11/15 3:6, 8
They were making confession and bowing down to Jehovah their God.
During this celebration of the Festival of Booths, the Levites represented the people with a well-prepared prayer. (Neh. 9:1-4) No doubt, their frequent reading of God’s Law helped the Levites to prepare this meaningful prayer. The first ten verses focus exclusively on Jehovah’s works and qualities. In the remaining part of the prayer, God’s “abundant mercy” is repeatedly highlighted along with a clear admission that the Israelites were not worthy of such kind treatment. (Neh. 9:19, 27, 28, 31) Our prayers to Jehovah will also be fresh and meaningful if, like those Levites, we daily meditate on God’s Word, allowing Jehovah to speak to us before we pray at length to him. (Ps. 1:1, 2) The prayer contains only one modest request. (Neh. 9:32) Thus, the Levites set a good example for us to praise and thank Jehovah first before making personal requests in our prayers. w13 10/15 3:5-7
Quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed.
The Romans were not known to cultivate a real, personal relationship with the gods they worshipped. To them, religion consisted mainly of rituals