Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 4, 2013

September 4, 2013 “Faith And Prayer”

Some time later Hezekiah became deathly sick. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz paid him a visit and said, “Put your affairs in order; you’re about to die—you haven’t long to live.”  Hezekiah turned from Isaiah and faced God, praying: Remember, O God, who I am, what I’ve done! I’ve lived an honest life before you, My heart’s been true and steady, I’ve lived to please you; lived for your approval.And then the tears flowed. Hezekiah wept. Isaiah, leaving, was not halfway across the courtyard when the word of God stopped him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, prince of my people, ‘God’s word, Hezekiah! From the God of your ancestor David: I’ve listened to your prayer and I’ve observed your tears. I’m going to heal you. In three days you will walk on your own legs into The Temple of God. I’ve just added fifteen years to your life; I’m saving you from the king of Assyria, and I’m covering this city with my shield—for my sake and my servant David’s sake.’” (2 kings 20: 1-5)

Good Morning Dear Friends!

Imagine for a moment, if you will, that you are a parent. Some of you reading this may very well be, so it isn’t that big of a stretch. But even if you are not, please imagine anyway. You have a child that you have loved from the moment you saw him or her. You have nurtured this child…lavished love and tenderness upon him or her…rescued the child from danger and harm countless times…no act of love has been overlooked. Then the child grows, and instead of returning that love with grateful thanks and returned love, the child rebels, disobeys, even denies you. That’s the way it was between God and His chosen people. Over a 100 year period of Judah’s history, after the division between Israel and Judah, there were no righteous kings in Judah, save one… Hezekiah…but what a difference he made! despite his faithfulness, Hezekiah received news from the prophet Isaiah that he was going to die from illness. Hezekiah pleaded prayerfully before God for deliverance…as he had done many times before during his reign. This time it was for personal deliverance from this death sentence. God heard and answered his prayer, directing his prophet Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that not only would he increase his life span by fifteen years, but that he would also deliver his city and his people from the Assyrians, bent on Judah’s destruction! Just as Hezekiah made a difference in his lifetime and was honored by God for doing so, you can make a difference as well. faith and prayer, when they are sincere and directed toward the one true God, can change any situation. They did in Hezekiah’s life, and they can for you as well. Let’s pray!

Righteous King of Glory: May You find us as obedient and faithful in the living of our lives as you did Hezekiah. As you heard his plea, saw his tears, and ‘expanded his territory” with healing and protection, may you do the same for us as we faithfully serve, faithfully pray, and faithfully trust in You each day of our lives. Amen!

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