Hezekiah was “mortally ill” and God sent the prophet, Isaiah to him to let him know that his time was up. Hezekiah’s FIRST response (as always with this godly leader) was that he “turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord” (2 Kings 20:2). The Bible does not record that he even specifically prayed for healing, but that the Lord would “remember” him.
Apparently, God simply LOVES men whose first response is dependency and prayer, because He seems to always be moved by this. Before Isaiah had gotten out of the building, the Lord told him to “return and say to Hezekiah, the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold I will heal you…I will add fifteen years to your life AND I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria AND I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”‘” (2 Kings 20:5-6)
God saw his emotions. God heard his prayer. God answered with more than Hezekiah could “ask or think.” It is also interesting to note that God changed his course of action that he was on, simply because of his servant’s prayers. There are other places in Scripture that indicate He is willing to do this.
I’d like to be a man like that. A man who God sees my tears and hears my prayers. I’d like to have tears for the lost, for the city, for the nation…and see God hear and answer “exceedingly abundantly beyond all I could ask or think.”
(copyright 2011, Bill Elliff)
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