Then He Prayed
2 Kings 20:2
“Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,”
Hezekiah heard the most feared words from the prophet Isaiah when he said, “…thou shalt die, and not live.” Hezekiah didn’t hear that he had a disease that might kill him, he was told that he was going to die. One can only imagine the shock that hit his heart at the hearing of these words.
Hezekiah’s action was one that every Christian should have. When he heard the words that he was going to die, “…he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD…” There certainly seemed to be no hope for Hezekiah, but that didn’t stop him from praying. It was the LORD who sent the prophet to tell him that he was going to die, but he still wanted to see if God would change His mind if he prayed.
The amazing part about this story is that Isaiah had barely gone out of the middle court of the palace when God told him, “Turn again, and tell Hezekiah…I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee…” Hezekiah hadn’t prayed that long, but God still heard his prayer. It wasn’t the length of Hezekiah’s prayer that caused God to answer; it was that he simply prayed that moved God to answer his prayer. There are three lessons from this incident in Hezekiah’s life that should remind you of the importance of prayer.
First, there is always hope when you pray. God says in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” God doesn’t ask you to be perfect to get answers from Him; He just wants you to pray. My friend, there is hope for every situation in your life as long as God gives the Christian the portal of prayer to talk to Him.
Second, the finality of your problem doesn’t hinder God from changing your situation. Hezekiah was told by God’s prophet that he was going to die, but that still didn’t stop God from changing his situation after he prayed. Your situation may have been finalized by man, but it is never finalized by God as long as you pray. You may have heard the death sentence with your situation, but you must understand that God is the master of changing the impossible. Mark 10:27 reminds the Christian, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Just because your situation seems to be final and there seems to be no way to change what is going to happen, you must never give up because you can still pray.
Third, the fervent prayer is what grabs the attention of God. It is interesting that one of the things that caught God’s attention was Hezekiah’s tears. If you want to get God’s attention in your prayer, you are going to have to become fervent when you pray. James 5:16 says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” It is not the length of prayer that God is interested in, but it is the fervency of the saint which interests Him. I’m not saying you have to cry to prove your fervency, but what I am saying is that you need to become fervent when you pray if you want God to hear. You are sure to get God’s attention in your prayer when you become fervent about your needs with Him. When your life has a turn for the worse, let me encourage you to turn to God in prayer.