23 Dec The Reward of Facing the Wall (2 of 2)
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Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) December 23, 2019 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:51
When Isaiah, the eagle-eyed prophet told King Hezekiah in Isaiah 38 that he should put his house in order because he was going to die from his illness, the first thing the King did was to turn to God in prayers. He wept bitterly and said: “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.”
Hezekiah didn’t approach his friends for advice or dial people in his contact list. He urgently directed his prayer to God. And he was rewarded for trusting God as a prayer answering God: “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days 15 years.”
If you look closely at the story, God gave Hezekiah two gifts. First, he gave him the gift of an extended life. Second, he offered him the gift of knowing he only had 15 years left. Knowing how long he had to live should be a motivation to walk right with God and set his house in order. In other words, he had the whole of 15 years to get things right with God and to do his other duties like preparing his will, tidying up his affairs, and working things out with his family.
Because Hezekiah recovered, was God’s word (You shall die and not live, Isaiah 38:1) through his prophet false? Or was this proof that the great Isaiah was a false prophet after all? Or maybe Isaiah didn’t hear God clearly?
Not at all. First, King Hezekiah did in fact die eventually, just not as soon as God first announced. Second, when God announces judgment it is almost always an invitation to repent and to receive mercy, which makes Hezekiah’s prayer very important and impactful. By all indications, if Hezekiah had not prayed passionately, his life would probably not have been extended. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (Jam 5:16)
A few Bible passages to meditate on prayers in the last few days of this year:
• Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
• Mk 11:24: Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
• Jn 15:7: If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
• 1 Thes 5:17: Pray without ceasing.
• Romans 8:26: Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
• Mat 6:6: But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
As you take your issues to God in prayer this Christmas season, God will answer all your prayers, in the name of his son Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating this week.
Have a great week, and an excellent Christmas.