Tag: Powerful prayer

The prayer connection!

Scripture reading for July 28th: Isaiah 36-39

King Hezekiah was one of the kings of Israel that did right in God’s eyes.   Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The Lord sent the prophet Isaiah to tell him to get his house in order because he was going to die.  (Isaiah 38:1)  Hezekiah humbly prayed a simple prayer:  “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” (Isaiah 38:2) The Lord told Isaiah to go back and tell him that He had heard his prayer and would add 15 years to his life.   He would also deliver the king and Jerusalem from the Assyrians.  (Isaiah 38:4-6)

God also gave Hezekiah a special sign of His favor and mercy.  He made the sunlight go back ten steps on the staircase of Ahaz.  As God had promised more time, He demonstrated His power to turn back the clock!  What a powerful answer to prayer and what grace for a visual sign of the answer!

Hezekiah had simply reminded God of his life of faith! (James 5:16)  He lived by faith for many years and had a habit of trusting God.  Hezekiah was sincere and did not just put on a show.  He was real with God about his feelings and desire.   He did not demand anything from God, but simply appealed to the one who held His life in His hands.  (Isaiah 38:5)  God saw a sincere heart of faith and it moved Him.   (Mark 11:22-24)  Faith pleases God like nothing else!  (Hebrews 11:6)

If you are facing an impossible situation today, simply ask God like Hezekiah of old.  Trust Him to hear and answer!  Here is Hezekiah’s response to God’s grace: “But what can I say:  He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this.  I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.  Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too.  You restored me to health and let me live.  Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.  In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.” Isaiah 38:15-17

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Ending Well

Scripture reading for April 22nd: 1st Chronicles 28-29

In long distance races, the start isn’t as important as the finish.  In the race of life, I want to finish well!  I don’t want to fall away or disgrace God as I leave this life.  History is full of stories of great men of God who have not finished very well.  Saul, David’s predecessor is a prime example of a man who at the end of his life was tormented by fear, sought a medium, and finally took his own life.

David called together all the leaders of Israel and spoke to them at Jerusalem.  He recounted how God in His sovereignty had picked Judah and his family to be king.  He told them that God had chosen Solomon to be his successor and the one to build a house for the Lord.  (1st Chronicles 28:4-7)  He charged Solomon to follow all the Lord’s commands and possess the good land that God had given them, passing it on to his descendants.  He instructed Solomon to acknowledge God as his Father and serve Him willingly and wholeheartedly!

David then gave the plans for the temple to Solomon and encouraged him in the execution and building of this house for the Lord.  The Lord had given David the plans and had given him understanding for each detail!  (1st Chronicles 28:19)  David personally gave large quantities of his own resources to build the temple.  He gave gold, silver, bronze, iron, stones and marble.  David knew that he could not take this great wealth with him when he died.  He truly wanted to set a good example for his son and the leaders of Israel.  His giving inspired others and they also began to give!

King David then offered up prayer and praise to the Lord.  He praised God for His greatness and glory.  He acknowledged that all his wealth and honor had come from God.  He confessed that men were very short-lived on the earth.  He prayed for God’s grace in Solomon’s life.  This prayer is a wonderful finish to David’s life! (1st Chronicles 29:10-19)

“David son of Jesse was king over all Israel.  He ruled Israel forty years–seven in Hebron and thirty three in Jerusalem.  he died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor.” (1st Chronicles 29:26-28)  What will your epitaph read?  Are you setting a course that will enable you to finish well?

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The power of prayer!

Scripture reading for July 28th: Isaiah 36-39

In Isaiah 38 we have the record of an interesting incident in the life of a good king of Israel, Hezekiah.  Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The Lord sent the prophet Isaiah to tell him to get his house in order because he was going to die.  (Isaiah 38:1)  God told this man that his time was up on earth!   Who are we to argue with what God says?

In the next verse, we find Hezekiah turning his face to the wall.  He humbly prayed to the Lord a simple prayer and wept bitterly.  “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” (Isaiah 38:2)  Isaiah then heard the Lord speak to him again.  He was to go back to Hezekiah and tell him that the Lord had heard his prayer and seen his tears and would add 15 years to his life.  The Lord also assured him that He would deliver the king and Jerusalem from the Assyrians.  (Isaiah 38:4-6)

God also gave Hezekiah a special sign of His favor and mercy.  He made the sunlight go back ten steps on the staircase of Ahaz.  As God had promised more time, He demonstrated His power to turn back the clock!  Wow, what an amazing God we serve!  What a powerful answer to prayer and what grace for a visual sign of the answer!

This record seems so easy!  But there are several things to note that are instructive for us.  First, Hezekiah simply reminded God of his life of faith! (James 5:16)  He had lived by faith for many years and had a habit of trusting God.  What a good record to draw on!  Second, Hezekiah was sincere and did not just put on a show.  He was real with God about his feelings and desire. Third,  he did not demand anything from God, but simply appealed to the one who held His life in His hands.  God answered because he heard the prayer and saw the tears! (Isaiah 38:5)  God saw a sincere heart of faith and it moved Him.  Faith always moves God!  (Mark 11:22-24)  Faith pleases God like nothing else!  (Hebrews 11:6)  Jesus asked in respect to prayer if He would find faith on earth when He came again.  (Luke 18:8)

If you are facing an impossible situation today, try simply asking God like Hezekiah of old.  Trust Him to hear and answer!  Here is Hezekiah’s response to God’s grace: “But what can I say:  He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this.  I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.  Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too.  You restored me to health and let me live.  Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.  In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.” Isaiah 38:15-17

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