Good morning people who pray enough to change God’s mind
2 Kings 20:1-7 (NIV) In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.
This is an incredibly powerful passage of scripture that has great relevance to us today.
In this story we hear about Hezekiah who was a king of Judah. He was a God-fearing man who walked before God faithfully and with wholehearted devotion. He was a man who did what was right in the eyes of God.
He got sick, and through the prophet Isaiah, he heard a report that his life was going to end soon as a result of the sickness; he would not recover.
Then Hezekiah prayed.
Oh the life-saving and situation-changing power of prayer from a faithful person!!!
But surely God wouldn’t change His mind because a faithful person prayed? But He did!!! Because of Hezekiah’s prayer, his life was extended by 15 years!!!
And God still listens and responds to His children today!!!
Let’s chat more tomorrow…but for now, I encourage you to pray.