Today’s Key Scripture
“I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears.”
— Isaiah 38:5
Following the death of King Ahaz, his son Hezekiah ascended to the throne in Jerusalem. The new monarch abolished the places of idol worship and returned the children of Israel to the worship of Jehovah. Also, for the first time since the kingdom had been split under Rehoboam, son of Solomon, the remnants of the tribes of Israel were encouraged to renew the Passover feast and pilgrimage.
As godly King Hezekiah reached the end of his life, Isaiah tells an amazing account of God’s plans being changed through prayer:
In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, and said, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years.’” (Isaiah 38:1-5)
King Hezekiah’s prayer was answered. His life was extended.
Prayer has the power to change things in your life.
A Prayer for Today
God of all mercy, I ask You today for Your mercy and forgiveness to surround me today and all the days of my life. I thank You for the power of prayer. May I live my life so in tune with You that Your guidance comes through clearly to my heart. Help me follow Your guidance, as I seek to follow Your path of righteousness. Help me also walk in peace and joy, reflecting Your love to others everywhere I go. Help me speak hope, health, and peace to everyone I meet. I pray all this in Jesus’ name, amen.
*All Scripture references are NKJV unless otherwise noted.