So, today I had a second to share a word with someone and I had a moment of revelation. I hope we know the story of king Hezekiah. I am speaking to the Christians right now, so if you do not believe in Christ, please be sensitive enough and just skim thru this one if you got nothing positive to say. LOL, #NoArguingPlease
So, to those who do not know the story, here is a summary:
King H was sick, and had been for a while. 2 Kings 20:1-21 says that basically dude was on his death bed because the prophet, Isaiah, came thru to tell him that this illness would take him 6 feet under so “he better put his house in order” Eish, zvakaoma. I do not know how long he had been sick. I do not know what ailed him. I do not know how long he had left but this king was unlike any other king I know. Dude basically turned his face to the wall and began to pray to God as the prophet was walking from his presence!! Huh!!? What manner of man was he to not ask the man of God to ask God for mercy? Huh? Well, I found the answer in these verses:
“Remember, 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.”
King H did not seek mercy from the prophet. So many times, many of us are going to ask the pastors to pray for them, many will get mad because we were armor bearers/ ushers/ hosts n hostesses/ decor/ head of ministries/ deacons/ elders etc. Many of us would have been looking at how well or how much e tithed/ gave or whatever but that is not what King H did. He looked at his walk with the Big Guy. He knew that it was about faithfulness when it comes to God…but that was their relationship…
So, picture this king, the biggest man in the nation, facing the wall and CRYING!! he was WEEPING and not just weeping but he was weeping Bitterly!! eish, I feel for him. But that is not the end of the story.
Remember that the prophet had done his job and had delivered the undated death sentence to the king. I want to imagine that this guy was running with his life!! I mean, who wouldn’t after knowing that the kings of this era were the type yaanaSennacherib, the king who could just wipe out entire nations!! Kings could literally have someone’s head on the platter, so I suspect that man Isaiah was in quite the rush to escape before the palace guards received word to arrest him. I don’t know hangu how big that palace or the palace grounds were but it must have been a bit but, man Isaiah was in a rush so zvakavharana. LOL
However, this king, was in the habit of making very short prayers especially in times of great difficulty. Just the previous chapter after the bully king Sennacherib had told him that he would wipe him out along with his people, King H had taken the letter into the temple and had said relatively few words: ayaas…but his words reveal something about him and God:
“Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.
17 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. 18 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. 19 Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.”
King H KNEW who God was as well as His abilities and so was not worried at all by this bully king breathing fire on his doorstep, afterall, God made the fire saka, why worry? lol
So, the revelation was on two points, if not three:
1. King H was gonna die…..he had heard the word from God Himself via the prophet
2. King H had a relationship with God where just a few words was enough for him to communicate with God.
3. Oh, I had forgot to finish the story: lol, The manoGod was fleeing from a possible earlier death sentence than the one he had just delievered to King H when God spoke to him again, to return to the ailing king and tell him:
“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.”
eish, right there: God saw the tears of this guy and had heard his prayer!! A king’s prayer was heard…a king, THE boss in the nation said prayers that God answered FAVORABLY because God added 25 more years to his life AND delivered him and the nation from that bossy silly king. Wow!
The third revelation was this: when one stays steeped in prayer, the words are few for a particular situation because te confidence is in God and not in the words you say. LOL. S many of us believe that the longer the prayer, the more God hears it. But I am learning that we make long prayers that are spaced out hen we prayed without ceasing!
Let us keep in prayer, let us walk faithfully with God…not for the benefits but because of who He is..a Faithful God.