”I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears” - Psalm 34:4 (NIV).
King Hezekiah was the 13th successor of King David. He was a most remarkable king. He has been noted as one who faithfully walked with God (2 Chronicles 31:20), and “there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him” (2 Kings 18:5).
King Hezekiah had suceeded his wicked father King Ahaz who nailed Jerusalem’s Temple doors shut. But Hezekiah reopened the temple and cleansed it. He destroyed Judah’s idols, pagan temples, and altars (2 Chronicles 29:3-19; 31:1-2); and he re-established worship, reinstated the Levitical priesthood, and set up contributions for temple worship (2 Chronicles 29:5; 20-35; 31:2-21).
After 14 years on the throne at age 39 Hezekiah fell mortally sick. The prophet Isaiah came to him and told him to get his life in order because death was imminent (2 Kings 20:1-7; 2 Chronicles 32:24). Weeping with his face turned toward a wall, Hezekiah asked God to be merciful. He reasoned with the Lord, reminding Him of all the good he had accomplished in faith and obedience to Him during his reign. Hezekiah, cried out, “Please, Lord, just remember how I have walked before You wholeheartedly and in truth, and have done what is good in Your sight!” (2 Kings 20:3).
The Lord heard and answered his prayer. He instructed Isiah to tell the king his prayer was heard. “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David says: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I am going to heal you” (vv 5). Isaiah told Hezekiah he would live an additional 15 years. It is through these additional years that Hezekiah bore a son who would succeed him.
In Hezekiah’s prayer we recognize he drew attention to his record of faithful service. He said "No" to the word of fate and instead turned and looked up to the faithfulness of God towards His own. God honored this prayer request.
Like Hezekiah, a situation may come our way, so terrifying and crushing. The example of this King is not to be too terrified and throw in the towel just as that, but turn to God, crying out, “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame” (Psalm 34:5)
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you the giver of life can turn around any situation just as you did for King Hezekiah, and so today I plead that you turn around my affairs and breathe a new life in them, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!