Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. Psalm 34:17 MSG
Daily, God surprises me and answers my prayers. Even in the smallest of requests such as, “Lord where did I put …” and He helps me find things as well as undertake for requests I make regarding people, family members, and the list goes on. He does this so that I know without a shadow of a doubt that He hears every conversation I have with Him. There are requests I make of Him that are huge and do not always get fulfilled immediately. But by Him answering me in my daily small struggles, He is showing me that everything is heard and He will help me through whatever valley I will go through.
Do you ever wonder why things happen? Well more times than not, God is looking for someone, just like you and I, to pray and ask Him to protect, guide, lead, change lives, etc. Too often we jump ahead into our day, forgetting that as Christians we have a responsibility to fulfill God’s plan for our lives. God does lay people and situations on our hearts and minds, yet we don’t always pray, instead we just push it aside.
There are so many instances throughout scripture where because God’s people prayed, they either won a war, did not have to go to war, or lives were spared and changed.
There was a King who reigned over Judah and his name was King Hezekiah. He did what was right in God’s eyes, and he also trusted God completely. If you read the book of 1 and 2 Kings, you will see a definite pattern of how because Kings trusted God, they were successful, but those who did not obey God, were unsuccessful and even died before their time.
In 2 Kings 20, King Hezekiah became very ill and was at the point of death. Isaiah went to him and said; “This is what the Lord says. Put your house in order, because you are going to die, you will not recover.”
In vs. 2 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 because he did not want to die yet.
In vs. 5, Isaiah is told by God to go back to Hezekiah with this message; “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, I will heal you.“
The narrative of King Hezekiah is one of my favorite in scripture. He obeyed and trusted God completely. Let us obey and trust God completely as well as stand in the gap for those whom God lays on our hearts to pray for. Worried about your country? Pray for your leaders. God does hear your prayers. We will testify of how great our God is. God hears the prayers of a righteous man or woman.