“Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, “Now, O LORD, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.”
2 Kings 20:2-3
Hezekiah, having fallen ill, has just heard from God, through the prophet Isaiah, that he is to set his house in order for he will die. Could he have felt more hopeless? However, through this devastating news, his response is to call out to his God . As a result, God brings about complete transformation to Hezekiah’s life, and he lives for a further fifteen years.
Though we may not be in Hezekiah’s situation, I believe that all of us can learn from his response to God that will help and encourage us in our own daily prayer lives.
1. Posture in Prayer
Hezekiah is ill and in company, so he turns his to face the wall before he engages in prayer. Hezekiah is seeking out devotional privacy with God, putting himself into an environment with less distractions and allowing himself to focus upon God.
First and foremost, have we made time and space each day - with no distractions - that is devoted to being with God? What does this look like for each of us? Prioritising and not compromising our intentional time seeking God is a practical first step to take. It will help us to fully engage in prayer, with undivided attention.
2. Know God
As Hezekiah calls out to God, we see he may be recalling the promise God made with David concerning his successors and the throne (1 Kings 8:25). From Scripture we can learn of God’s precious promises, see the incredible work that He has done for His people and know the aspects He reveals to us about His own character we can trust in.
Reflect on something you are praying about in this season and explore and praise God for what it is about Him that means He is able to answer your prayer.
e.g. “God, I know and praise you that you are <x> and/or have done <y>, and that is why I know that you can move in <z> situation.”
3. Praying when it seems hopeless
Hezekiah’s situation seems completely hopeless, yet we see he still makes time to intentionally seek God through his distress and God absolutely brings around that transformation. God is able to work in your ‘impossible’ situation. So keep going, continue to seek Him.
I pray that this is an encouragement for you! Our God is able and He is listening. Make and prioritise time devoted to Him. Praise Him for who He is and what He has done. Ask for His intervention in all situations, even if it all seems hopeless. All glory be to God.
Yours in Christ,