Another great history moment in the book of prophecy. Hezakiah was a godly king and unlike the kings before and after him he followed the Lord closely and pushed his nation to do so as well. In the midst, God told Isaiah that he was to go and tell the king to get his affairs in order because he was to die. The king called God out–He said, “Look, I have followed you and done everything you have said to do. Now, when things are in order, you’re just going to let me die–not fair.”
Interestingly, God said, “OK, you win. I will give you 15 more years and those years will be filled with peace.” You don’t see God do that many times in the Bible. Still, God gave Hezakiah his request and Judah 15 years of peace and safety in the midst of a chaotic world. I love this story because it lets us know that God listens to our prayers–Like any dad.
In James, Jesus’ brother tells us that if we are suffering, pray. If we are sick, call the elders to pray. He goes on to remind us that the prayers of a righteous person do a great deal of good. In these times of sickness and chaos, we need to be prayer warriors. We need to start and end our days on our knees seeking the Lord. As with the King, God listens, and He longs to answer the prayers of His faithful. My prayer is that we will put him to the test!
God Bless You
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.”[a] 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 and said, “Please, O Lord, 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.
4 Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.[b] 6 I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city.
7 “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised: 8 Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.” So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.[c]James 5 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working