2 Kings 20:1-6English Standard Version (ESV)
Hezekiah's Illness and Recovery
20 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord, 6 and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David's sake.”
When I read this, and many other various passages in Scripture, I find hope and anticipation. The awesomeness of this Scripture, as believers, is that God does hear our prayers! He knows our hearts and cares for our well-being. Many academics may argues as to God being Omniscient and Omnipresence, however, I am choosing not to engage in mortal discussion. I am, however, going to literally take the word of God at its merit. Does God know our every thoughts? Of course! Does God know the outcome of our lives and the actions we take? Of course He does! Does God want us to pray to Him? Yes He does:
- "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." (Matthew 7:7)
- "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)
- "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)
- "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24)
- "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13)
- "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:13-14)
- "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." (John 16:23)
- "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." (Romans 10:12)
- "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." (Ephesians 2:18)
This past Saturday, in our men's small group, we challenged each other to read through the Book of James this week (Monday - James 1 through Friday - James -5). It has never become more clearer to me that God wants us to not only worship Him (as he so deserves) but He wants community with us. He wants more than just fanfare, he wants a relationship with each and every one of us.
Prayers that benefit us and not His will is not what He is asking for. True Disciples of Jesus spend their time (and devotion) on the things that matter: God's will (not ours).
Share our fears, anger, sadness and needs with Him, but in all we do seek His Kingdom first.