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God listens to prayer!

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
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    Prayers of the Bible.... great topic to study. Keep us in the loop, OK?
    2526 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    Thanks for the great reminders.
    2528 days ago
    I feel so overwhelmed and amazed when I read in God's word that we are to pray our hearts out to the Father. He hears our prayers and answers according to his will. I think most people have a hard time remembering that we should pray for God's will to be done, which may not always be the way we'd like it but will always be the best way. The bible tells us to pray always so that in believing we will see God working in our life. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this blog so we can all be reminded of the importance of prayer and how great our heavenly Father is.
    2531 days ago
  • GRIFF2734
    Thank you Greg for this insightful blog about prayer and you know me I am a prayer warrior. Ive seen God move and answer prayer wherever I go it strengthens my faith and he always shows me he hears me. Prayer is so exciting to me because I love being in his presence, there is no place I would rather be. Everyday he surprises me I cant wait to start my day with the Lord praying for all those I love so dearly and watching the Lord move in there lives. Prayer is where the battle is fought and victory is won because of all that Jesus has done for us. This story proves that keep praying keep believing stay strong in the Lord for he has taught me not to go by what I see or hear but to stand in the faith that he has given me that he hears me and answers me. Much love to you dear friend

    Jesus first
    2531 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/20/2011 7:02:58 AM
    It always amazes me that God---who is in control of every single thing and every single person---hears the prayers of His children! He sees us and hears us, and cannot wait to spend time with us. He delights in us--frail and fallen creatures that we are, and spending time in conversation pleases Him to no end.

    You're right. God already knows everything there is to know about us, where we are in our lives right now, where we've been--and He knows where we're going. Instead of "hiding" from Him and trying to keep secrets (as if we could), if we really grasped the amazing truth of Who He is, we would rearrange all our priorities to make sure we spent as much time with Him as possible. Why don't we want to talk to the One who has all the answers? the One who cannot ever be surprised? the One who has all the power there is and that nothing and no one can defeat????

    Who am I spending time with that is more important than that, or who loves me more than that?

    Thanks for an insightful blog. As you can see, it elicited a real response from me!
    2532 days ago
    Thankyou for sharing. It's funny that i stumbled across this because i was just reading about this last week in my readings, but from the book of Isaiah chapter 38.

    It amazed me and i all i could is just say, "God how great are you!!!"
    2533 days ago
    Well your prayer was answered Greg because I was blessed by reading this, thank you.
    Our God is an awesome God who loves to talk with His children. We pray and He speaks to our heart, you can't get a much better conversation than that now, can you?
    I never had any brothers Greg, only sisters, and I am happy that you are my Spark brother, and especially my brother in our Lord Jesus Christ!
    2536 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the word, be blessed.
    2536 days ago
    It really is all about HIM. Awesome blog and that sounds like a kick butt bible study you're doing on prayers of the bible! Love you bunches.

    2536 days ago
    Amen, it is true! and I agree some of the most powerful prayers are not eloquent and wordy but it is about truly talking to God from your heart and letting Him know all your cares (even though he already knows) He just wants to spend some time with you and to be able to look at you with pride and say to Himself "Look what a wonder person you have become, I knew you had it in you all along, and now I can see that you know it too!"
    2536 days ago
    I think of spending time with God, like my children spending time with me. I may already KNOW what has transpired, but I still want to hear it from them. To know that they feel close enough to me to share, that they trust me to treat their thoughts, concerns, dreams with respect.

    I just realized something (sometimes I'm a little slow w/getting God's msg). My 13 yr old has been keeping to herself this summer. She's gotten very quiet, stays to herself, in her bedroom with her nose in a book and (usually) soft orchestra music playing in the background. I've tried to hug her, to talk to her, to just get a smile out of her....more often than not she is quiet, cold, asks me to leave, or just unresponsive. I feel lost w/o her, sad, missing my girl. I long for a real hug, and to see a smile, to hear her laugh and be share a conversation. This MUST be how our Father feels when we get wrapped up in our lives, and don't have time to communicate with Him. This is a good lesson for me...I don't want Him to miss me as much as I am missing my girl.
    2536 days ago
    Great blog Greg! Remember we are to pray without ceasing! One thing we can do and no one know, while we pray. Remember to praise God too for His goodness to us!
    Thank you for sharing it with us!!
    2536 days ago
    O Yes. One of my favorites also. Prayer IS the key and we all have to do is ask in faith. So glad the Lord doesn't hold our imperfect ways against us. If He did, we would all be eternally lost. God loves when we call on Him being totally open and honest. Hezekiah's bold approach to God in prayer along with the following scripture have always been a great encouragement to me.

    Hebrews 4:16 ~ Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

    Great blog. Thank you for sharing with us.

    2536 days ago
  • DIVA14K
    Amen! And thanks for sharing. Prayer truly works and it took me along time to say I had faith and truly mean it. Now I truly put all my faith in God and don't worry, because if I worry that's not faith.
    2536 days ago
    I'm a living witness to His power & ability to not only listen but answer prayer! Great blog! Thanks for sharing...

    ~Debbie emoticon
    2536 days ago
    Amen emoticon
    2536 days ago

    This is a GREAT BLOG!! I use to stutter before GOD...many years ago...then after taking a class called POWER for ABUNDANT LIVING, in 1974, I became more bold with the years went by I have progressed, I think a lot of it had to do with praying out loud, in front of I have the WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER GROUP, so I exercise my prayer tongue a lot!!

    I also pray and ask GOD to help me, improve my ability to communicate with well as with others. I still could use improvement in that!!!

    P.S. I had another thought to ad to this: GOD doesn't care if we speak eloquently, have a college degree, know all the "politically correct" use of words...or if we just come Humbly to HIM and speak in our own tongue, whatever that may be...all HE cares is that we do come to HIM in prayer; talk to HIM just like HE were our daddy, cause HE is; and share our concerns with HIM !!

    I love the part about not being perfect...people who think they are perfect scare me!! I am a work in progress!! Always in need of work....

    There is so much P O W E R in prayer...even more in UNITED prayers!!

    Praying for us all!!

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    2536 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/15/2011 12:35:32 PM
    Blessings. Thanks for sharing such a truly inspirational and insightful blog.
    2536 days ago
    Thanks for this wonderful reminder of how prayers helps.. and is a two-way conversations with God. I have been praying more lately, but probably not enough... regarding my difficult divorce I'm now facing. I do pray God will heal his angry heart, but it seems every time I turn around another knife is stuck in my back instead of him trying to truly work things out. He won't even come to the table and talk, just complain of things past. AT this point with the changes in the law, I may have a difficult time getting Bifurcated to move on with my life. I need to pray more when the knives are hurled instead of saying what I think... and think/dwell more on the positive in my life and the direction it's heading... in love.. with a man who really loves me and is so very kind. I truly have much to be thankful for. : )

    •*´¨) † God's Blessings
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    2536 days ago
    Yes He does answer prayer!!! I am so grateful He listens.
    What an emoticon God He is!!
    2536 days ago
    emoticon for that most blessed message from the word of God. Truly a blessing. emoticon to you my brother in christ.
    2536 days ago
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