Do you ever feel that God does not answer prayers?Today’s chapter has a very interesting story about King Hezekiah. The king became sick and the prophet Isaiah came to him and told him that he would not recover from this illness. He was about to die.
Up until now, I was thinking how cül it would be to have a prophet around. But in this case, I’m not so sure I would want to hear that particular news. The king did what most of us would do in this situation:
2 When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 “Remember, O LORD, how I have always tried to be faithful to you and do what is pleasing in your sight.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
God heard his prayers and sent Isaiah back with another message:
5 “Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life, 6 and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city.
Do you see what happened? This man was going to die – even the prophet Isaiah brought him this message. But because of his prayer and his tears, God was moved and granted him another 15 years.
I don’t know about you, but it seems as though God changed His mind. At least, He directly changed the plan for the king’s life. Can you think of other times in the Bible when God seems to have changed His mind about something because of the prayers and tears of His people? What about Moses before the burning bush when he reasoned with God to not destroy His people? What about when Abraham pleaded several times with God not to destroy the innocent with the guilty in Sodom and Gomorrah?
God is moved by our prayers. He sees our tears and hears our cries to Him. There is nothing more powerful than a fervent prayer of a righteous man. And, when two or more get together to pray – watch out! I certainly don’t mean to say that we can manipulate or misuse prayer selfishly and expect our selfish requests to be always granted, but our geniune, heartfelt prayers do touch the heart of God.
Yet – why is it so difficult to start our prayers? Do you think the enemy wants us to pray to God? Do you think he will do anything to stop us from uttering those first words, “Dear God?”
My encouragement today is – just do it! Pray to your heavenly Father. He wants to hear from you. He wants to move through you. Do not doubt, but believe as you pray. You’ll find, like King Hezekiah did, that there is power in prayer!