IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: PRAYER THAT CHANGED GOD’S MIND.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“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.” 7 And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”
2 Kings 20:4 – 7
Prayer is an important and a vital part of Christian living. To a person who is born again, prayer is as essential as breathing. It really determines your life and relationship with the Lord God Almighty. To neglect prayer can result in weakness and defeat. It is of supreme importance that we as Christians must pray. Not as a daily chore, or a works type of prayer, but to have a prayer life that comes from within the heart because of your love for God and because of your hunger and thirst for more of God in your life.
C.H. Spurgeon said that, “The heart of prayer is the prayer of the heart.” Prayer does not simply consist of words, gestures, forms or eloquence, but prayer is when a person comes humbly into the presence of God, knowing that he is not worthy to be in the presence of the Almighty God, the great creator and loving Father in Heaven, but knowing that he has been saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ, and now has a heart to have a relationship and commune with the “One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:” (Isaiah 57:15)
We come to God in prayer out of a relationship with Him.
How do you respond to life’s problems? Do you go to someone else to vent about your issues in life? examples.. why can’t we go to God directly.
Bible says, Hezekiah wept bitterly..
It is good to ask the pastor or someone for prayer or to ask for counsel on a difficult situation. But if you are a child of God, you can go to God directly..
Get alone with God, spread your problems out before Him honestly, humbly, and boldly; then, allow His will to be done as you wait for His response.
Hezekiah ruled over Judah and was a good and faithful king.
Hezekiah often became the target of warring nations. The king of Assyria, which was a much more powerful nation, decided to attempt a take over of Hezekiah’s kingdom. Throughout the stressful time in leadership, Hezekiah consistently used the same battle plan. He went before the Lord in prayer and followed the Lord’s commands. Hezekiah relied on prayer to rule his life. This king knew how to pray and he prayed in a way that got results.
At one point, the Assyrian king launched a huge smear campaign against Hezekiah with his own people. It scared all Hezekiah’s people to death.
Hezekiah heard about it and went before the Lord. God assured Hezekiah everything would be ok, but the Assyrians wouldn’t let up. They kept taunting and taunting, throwing threats towards Hezekiah. They sent a letter by messenger to Hezekiah, basically which, said, “The Assyrians are tough and they are coming for you next.”
What do you do when you are backed into a corner about to face something bigger than your ability to handle? Well, Hezekiah received the letter with all the threats and began to pray.
We find this account in 2 Kings 19:14-19.
What can we learn from listening in as Hezekiah prayed?
Hezekiah got alone with God. There is corporate prayer like we do at church, and there is prayer where a few are gathered, but probably some of the most effective prayer time of your life will be the time you invest alone with God.
Notice that the most powerful prayers are those that bring glory and honor to God and according to His will. Just like the “Lord’s Prayer” taught to us by Jesus. It begins with “Hallowed be your name”, and this must be the ultimate goal in everything we do, to bring glory to him in our every word and deed.
Today, allow God to work in your situation. Trust in the LORD, and not in your strength. God is our rock and refuge and He helps us in all situations, whether they be small or difficult situations when we seek His help.
Psalms 94:22 says “But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock my refuge.”
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