“Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD , “Remember, O 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. Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; 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. (vv. 2-6)
Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall that he might suffer no distraction. Recently, the movie, War Room, was released; it tells the story of a prayer warrior raising up others who would pray without distraction, seeking God’s face with zeal. Where do you go to pray? Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed. Find your “wall”, your place that is free from distraction and the world’s noise.
Hezekiah says, “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you…” We know God doesn’t need us to remind him the life we have lived. God knew Hezekiah’s life, he knew how he had worked to restore Israel’s God-centered worship. God knew his desire to do God’s will. God knows us. He knows our hearts and minds. Hezekiah wants to continue to do what he had already been doing. He asks God to spare him that he might continue to lead Israel back to God!
God responds to Hezekiah’s prayer. He gives him more time to finish the work he had begun. God hears our prayers, He knows our hearts. He will respond, are we listening for his voice. His response may come from another person. Are we listening?
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