Friday, July 15, 2011
2 Kings 20:1-6
1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, 3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. F113 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, F114 that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
I am doing a study on the great prayers of the Bible and this weeks study was on Hezekiah and how the Lord, who had told Hezekiah that he was going to die, heard the prayer of Hezekiah and instead of death, He added 15 years to his life! This has always been one of my favorite stories in the Bible. As I young christian, I thought that prayer was hard and to tell you the truth, I sometimes even now have problems with prayer, but reading God's Word and more importantly, studying His Word, I begin to understand prayer is truly Talking to our Father! And being totally honest with Him! We have to come before God and open our whole heart before Him because He knows all anyway and He wants us to be honest and true with Him. Hezekiah asked God to remember how he walked in God's ways and was perfect in his heart. He wept sore, meaning he let it all out and give God everything! And you know what? God knew his heart before he even prayed to God and because of his openness, He blessed him with more years to his life! And another thing that I liked about this story is that Hezekiah was not perfect! If you read more of 2Kings, you will see that after God blessed him, he still messed up! And that shows me that it is not about us and our righteousness but God's!! And that is why we HAVE to keep connected to our Father through prayer. He hears us and He strengthens us and He blesses us for our faith and trust in Him!
I pray that this blog is a blessing to all who read it because I was blessed by writing it.
In Jesus Name