Hezekiah’s prayer: theunfetteredpreacher.com

There came a time, when Isaiah brought news to Hezekiah. 

2 Kings 20

“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said,  Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.”

It is interesting the way Hezekiah handled the news.  Did he complain and mope?  Did he just accept the Word of the Lord?   NO:

“Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,”

We need to learn, our first response should be turning from our troubles, and turning to the Lord.

Pay attention to what he prayed.  He reminds the Lord of his devotion. 

“I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight.”

Like Moses, he reminds the Lord of their past relationship.  With weeping.  He allowed his emotions into his prayer, he was real.

Isaiah didn’t get very far, he had to bring another word from the Lord to Hezekiah. 

It is interesting to note, Hezekiah had powerful prayers, prayers that moved the Lord.  Hezekiah didn’t receive the Lords answers himself. 

“And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him,”

When we allow ourselves to pray, in groanings that cannot be uttered,  when we allow our Spirit to speak directly to the Lord…  He shows us His will.

“Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.”

He doesn’t stop there, He goes to the heart of the matter.

“And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”

He gave directions for a healing poltus…  Isn’t it just like us, we want more.  We want confirmation. 

And Hezekiah said,  “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?“

Isaiah said, “This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forth ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?  And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.”

Ask for the impossible,  seek that which is beyond our grasp, expect the Lord to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask, think or even image. 

“Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.”

After this, Hezekiah foolishly showed all the kingdoms treasures to strangers from Babylon. 

Isaiah said:  “Hear the word of the Lord.

Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.

And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

This is really bad news.  Sadly, Hezekiah answered:  “Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?”

Who cares what happens to my people and children, as long as peace reigns in my time.

A sad end to a once great king.

How we pray, matters: theunfetteredpreacher

GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!!

Do we realize the effect our prayers can have on others? In 1 Kings 3:3-10, we find Solomons most famous prayer.

‘Solomon loved the Lord and walked in His ways, as did his Father, David.’ At the time there was no house of the Lord so he sacrificed, in the high places.

The Lord appeared to him in a dream, and God said, what shall I give thee?

My thoughts start here. Do I love the Lord, as much as David and Solomon? (I would like to believe so, but I don’t, really.) How can I tell? My prayers.

There was another King of the Jews, Hezekiah, His prayer had a very different starting point. (Isaiah 38:1-2)

Hezekiah Was sick unto death, Isaiah the prophet came to him, told him to put his house in order, for he was going to die. ‘Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed.’

How often do I turn my face to the wall and pray? When trouble surrounds me, and I see no way out. Oh, there are plenty of times I pray, when things are well, but what do I pray?

Solomon loved the Lord and Loved the Lord’s people. His prayers were to know how to righteously rule and judge them. The Lord simply told him to continue to walk in His ways.

Saints, that is what Jesus told us. ‘This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.‘ (John 15:12) We also hear this from Paul, Peter, and John the beloved. (Romans 13:8, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 John 3:11)

I am concerned that our prayers are not how to rightly walk and serve the Lord, but are closer to Hezekiah’s prayer.

‘And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.’ (Isaiah 38:3)

Please do not misunderstand, we often must remind the Lord of his promises. (Exodus 32:9-14) Yet we should not have to remind Him of what we have done. That Isaiah had to come to him, instead of the Lord, should speak volumes.

Yes, he was a good King, he prayed an ‘Effectual fervent prayer,’ (James 5:15) His problem as is mine, ‘Me, Myself and I.’

Solomon and Paul showed us how to pray for others, not for their Temporal needs, but their Spiritual Reality. What else is our purpose here on earth? The Lord clothes the flowers and feeds the birds. How much more does He love and care for us?

Both Solomon and Hezekiah’s, prayers were answered, The people did well even after Solomon fell into sin. But Israel had a King from the lineage of David till they fell away.

The people did well till Hezekiah died. Hezekiah was ‘pleased there would be peace until his death.’ He never considered their future in Slavery. (Isaiah 39:5-8)

How well do our prayers stand against theirs?

Mine are so often about Me and what I could be doing for the Lord if He would just understand my magnificence. (LOL)

He obviously does know me and limits the damage I can cause. Is that what constrains you?

It hinders my prayers because they are inward, about me, we must concentrate on the needs of others, and the Majesty of God.

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They limited the Holy One: theunfetteredpreacher.com

Psalm 78: 41.

“Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”

When Jesus visited His hometown, (Mark 6), the people were astonished by His power, the Wisdom of His speech, His healings, comfort, grace, and love that are the constant of His presence.

Jesus, Himself, marveled, that He could do no mighty works, He was only able to heal a few sick.

Why? Simply because of unbelief.

Like the Hebrews during and after the Exodus. They had heard of and witnessed, the mighty miracles that delivered them from captivity, yet they questioned His will, ways and Power.

They were fed Angel food from heaven but wanted meat. The Lord honored their request, but some died and He sent leanness to the souls of others.

Psalm 78:38-41

“But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yes, many a time he turned his anger away and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yes, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”

I believe that we suffer the same unbelief in our churches today. We have heard of His mighty work but cannot seem to believe they are for us, today.

I believe we provoke the Lord today. He refuses our church worship as being all lip service and little heart. All formality and rituals, prayers and empty praise.

When He recognized this in His people in the desert, He rejected the Tabernacle of Shiloh, Joseph and Ephraim.

Psalm 78: 68.

“But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.”

The Lord chose the tribe of Judah, to lead them in Worship. And Praise. Judah means Praise. Do our churches honestly know how to Praise?

Many old hymns are full of meaning and tell of the old Saints struggles and victories. They are wonderful testimony, we love to sing them, but they are not, Praise.

We need to turn our Worship to the Promises of God, the Promises in the Psalms, and other books of the Bible. Sing His Words and Promises back to Him.

When the Lord was ready to destroy the people and start again with Moses, Moses reminded the Lord of His Word, of His Promises.

It will help us to believe and receive as we sing, memorize and meditate on His Word. It is His Word He watches over to perform, not ours.

Stop turning back to our old ways, we limit the Holy One. Learn to sing and pray His Word. Then we will begin to believe, like Abram, the impossible, and become the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:11)

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An Injustice Has Occured: theunfetteredpreacher.com

An injustice has occurred. I thanked a man for helping me with my Lawn Art and neglected to thank a man who did so much more.

My Brother in law, Roger, has been helping me on many projects since he arrived here from Minnesota. From helping me cut and attach the piano half on the left, to coming with me on Tunings, Bible Studies, and Men’s meetings.

He has been a very present, and pleasant help, in times of need. He and Corrine are both, blessings in our lives. My sweet Bette has wonderful sisters and brothers in law.

Blessings:

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See that thou do all those wonders: theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm 145:4-6

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.”

In both the Old and New Testament, we find God, doing things beyond our human abilities, to Prove that He is God. After showing Moses the wonders of His power, (the staff turned to a snake and back, and also the leprous hand).

The Lord, tells Moses to, “See that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.” (Exodus 4:21)

In the New Testament, we find; “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

At one point in the Temple, the Word tells us ‘the Power of God was present to heal.’ (Luke 5:17)

So why are we not seeing the Power of God in our Churches today? Why do so many of our prayers, seem to hit the ceiling and return unanswered?

Are we praying Gods Word and are we willing, to do Gods will? What is the measure of our Faith? Jesus said many times: ‘Only Believe’ (Mark 5:36; Luke 8:20; John 3:16-18; Phillippians 1:29) Jesus also asked; ‘Where is your Faith?’ (Luke 8:25)

Several Scriptures link the Holy Spirit and Power. (Luke 1:35; Acts 1:8,10:38; Romans 15:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:5)

So once again why are we not experiencing Gods Miracles, Signs and Wonders, in our Churches and daily life?

The Lord is no respecter of people, (Acts 10:34-35; Romans 2:1-12; Colossians 3:24-25; James 2:1 respect one over another, by dress, finances, etcetera).

This just points out, that it is up to us to draw close to God, to Trust and Walk with Him, in obedience and love. James sums it up this way: (2:17-26)

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 4:1-10

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.’

Do we really believe? Should we ask move than once? Is that Faith? Are we asking for something within His will? Do we do the Work of Faith? Do we humble ourselves?

I know in my life, Pride often lifts it’s ugly head. I often tell myself, I could do that better, faster, harder, etcetera. Why, Oh why won’t God do things my way?

I thank the Lord that In His Time, He will have formed me into His image, and I will do that which will please Him. How about you? Can you think of anything that would hinder the Lord granting your request?

Is there unrepented sin, in your life? Have you grown in your Faith? Do you Trust He has your best interests at heart?

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