We will first take a glimpse at the life of Hezekiah, king of Judah. (Readings: 2 Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles 29-32).
During Hezekiah’s reign, he did that which is good and right and truth before the Lord his God (2 Chr. 31:20). He removed the high places (where pagan worship was done), broke the images (idols), and restored temple worship according to all that God has commanded Moses.
And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered. (2 Chr. 31:21)
The Prayer of Hezekiah (Isaiah 38)
The prayer of Hezekiah is a prayer for healing. He was sick unto death. The Lord sent Isaiah the prophet to tell him that he was going to die and not live. Upon hearing this, Hezekiah prayed:
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. (Is. 38:3)
And he wept very much.
There are three things that we can learn from the essence of Hezekiah’s prayer:
- Hezekiah desired, with all his heart, to be healed and to live. He wanted the Lord to know that, even though he didn’t say the exact words. When he begged the Lord to remember his faithfulness and obedience, he was, in a way, “bargaining” for his life. The message about his death was from God and so it was certain! But instead of becoming faint and acting like the whole world had crashed on him, HE PRAYED!
In our own lives, we are easily weakened by all kinds of trials. We grow faint and give up hoping and praying. It was the Lord Himself who taught us that we ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1)
We should desire our healing with all our heart, and not doubt it. For it is according to the will of God.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John v. 2)
We should ask it of God clearly, fervently, truly.
…in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Phil. 4:6)
- Hezekiah reminded God of his faithful service to Him. He wanted to find favor in God’s sight in the hour of his great need. He knew that his walk had pleased God and he wanted to remind Him of that now to move Him to perform a miracle in his favor.
In our lives, in our great need for a miracle, are we prepared to ask God for it? Could we have something to remind Him to find favor in His sight? Are our hearts right before Him? Have we been faithful to Him and obedient to His will?
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:22)
Martha said to the Lord Jesus, But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. (John 11:22)
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jer. 17:10)
- Hezekiah, though he was a king, humbled himself before God. He cried out to Him, wept before Him. He didn’t say, “I am a king and I can call for the best physicians in the land to heal me.” No. He called on God and trusted Him to heal him and make him live.
That’s what the Lord wants of us: to humble ourselves before Him and trust Him with all our hearts.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:10)
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. (Jer. 17:7)
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. (Prov. 22:4)
God answered Hezekiah’s prayer, and quickly. God healed him and prolonged his life.