“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.”
2 Kings 20:5
Upon hearing the news of his imminent death, Hezekiah was faced with two options. First, he could have done as the prophet Isaiah had told him to do: Get his things in order before his death. That was, after all, the instructions from God Himself, and would surely have been a wise move to obey a direct word from the Lord.
His second option, the one he went for, was to pray, earnestly seeking God to change the situation. In today's verse, we see God answering Hezekiah's prayer. I think either way, the king would have gone down in history as a man or great faith, a leader of God’s people. However, here was a man who understood the character of God, and the power of prayer.
Hezekiah refused to take the news of his impending death on board. Instead, his fervent prayers changed the outcome of the story. If we read on, we find that God added 15 more years to his life and led him into victory over his enemies.
I wonder how many times we may miss an opportunity to see a change come about in our situation, choosing instead to deal with what has come our way, rather than seek God in the midst of trouble. Do we stop short of the breakthrough or allow a wall of discouragement to keep us where we are? What does it look like to pray fervently for a change in our situation?
Let us take a closer look at God’s response to Hezekiah’s prayer.
God starts off by reminding Hezekiah of two important truths; firstly Hezekiah's identity. Secondly, a reminder of who God is. In the midst of trouble or challenging situations, it can be easy to lose sight of who God has called us to be, we can feel robbed by what has happened to us. By calling Hezekiah a leader of His people, God is reminding him of what he has been called to do.
Who has God called you to be? Spend some time asking Him, and writing down what you hear back.
God hears Hezekiah’s prayer
Not only has God heard Hezekiah’s prayers, but also seen his tears. In order for that to happen, God has to be near. Sometimes, when we are going through stuff, God can feel distant. It can even come across like He has forgotten about us and our situation, when actually, it is in these moments where I think God is closest to us; He is giving us the opportunity to stretch our prayer muscles, to press in for breakthrough in our situation.
Is there an area in your life where God seems far away? Write it down, ask God for fresh revelation. Be encouraged today, God is closer than you think.
God answers Hezekiah’s prayer
God heals Hezekiah, the ultimate answer to his prayer. God is a healing God; His will is for us to experience fullness of life here on earth. Throughout scripture we see accounts of God bringing healing to people in their situations. We are invited to come to God with our needs, concerns, health issues, to petition Him for an answer.
Do you need a miracle in your body, or in a situation you are faced with? Write it down, ask a friend to pray with you, storm heaven for breakthrough.