#2036 – Pray and Act

Good morning people who do what God asks them to do

Our prayers can change God’s mind and change our situation. But prayers are not an excuse for doing nothing and waiting for God to do all the work.

There’s an interesting insight in the following passage about how Hezekiah was healed by God – the God Who said he would be healed. Take a look:

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.

Hezekiah was healed gradually (he recovered) by a natural application – not supernatural instantaneous healing.

Do you need a miracle? Then pray and rely on God…and listen to what God might want you to do. Sometimes our physical conditions can be healed by a change of diet, exercise or some other “natural” remedy as it was with Hezekiah…something that we need to do.

In this world of instant everything, let’s not take shortcuts to what God asks of us to stay healthy and well. Let’s be disciplined and self-controlled enough to do our part and see the change that we are praying for. 

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