16 Dec The Reward of Facing the Wall (1 of 2)
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Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) December 16, 2019 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:47
When Prophet Isaiah brought a message from God in Isaiah 38 that King Hezekiah should put his house in order because he was going to die from his illness, the first thing the King did was to turn his face to the wall in prayers, weeping bitterly, saying: “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before you in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in your sight.”
Did you notice that Hezekiah didn’t turn to his friends but directed his prayer in privacy to God? Many of us today would instinctively reach for our cell phones to seek solace and counsel from friends or post our issues on social media.
Hezekiah’s prayer may appear almost self-serving and even pointedly ungodly as he seemed to be telling God, Lord, I’ve been such a good boy and I deserve a break. This is not exactly fair Lord. What about the bad guys? I am not one of them. I should be the first one to be blessed.
Hezekiah’s prayers may sound weird, but his approach was perfectly valid under the old covenant. Lev 26 and Deu 28 teach us that in the Old Testament, blessing and cursing were dispensed by God almost exclusively on the basis of obedience or disobedience. That was why David wrote: LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous who speaks the truth from their heart (Psa 15:1-2).
Under the new covenant, blessing is based on the principle of faith in Jesus (Gal 3:13-14). Hezekiah’s way of praying is not acceptable for today’s believer. We pray in the name of Jesus (Jn 16:23-24), on the basis of his righteousness, not in our name or our deeds, no matter how great and laudable.
Hezekiah wept bitterly, perhaps because under the old covenant, there wasn’t a confident assurance of the glory in the life beyond. Instead, Jesus brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Tim 1:10). Also, under the old covenant Hezekiah would have regarded God’s instructions as evidence that God was unhappy with him.
But the lesson here for us this week is the efficacy of prayers, not the fine details of Hezekiah’s prayers.
He prayed and he received some good news. The same prophet that delivered the message of gloom returned with a message of hope: “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days 15 years.”
As the year is drawing to an end, will you purpose in your heart to do more of facing the wall, and less of approaching friends and family members for help? Will you pray that every bad news will be superseded by good news and that at the end of this year, your situation shall end in praise?
Have a great week.