This page was designed to be a spiritual application with the correct approach to God and the right motive for being blessed. Hezekiah was a king and a servant of God, but, in spite of his authority and connection with God, he still had serious problems. There were three major threats on his life. First, he had a cancerous boil that was killing him. Secondly, the king of Assyria had a contract to destroy him and all of Judah, and thirdly, his house was not in order. He has both inside and outer threats. Keep in mind that God knows us far better than we think he does. The Lord sends him a message that says, ' get your business straight, because you are sick and you're going to die ' ( II Kings 20:1 ).
After the prophet Isaiah had left Hezekiah, he knew he had to get in touch with the very one that could fix the problem. Bear in mind, he could have asked the preacher to pray for him, but instead, he chose to have a personal approach. When the load seems unbear- able, sometimes you need to talk to God for yourself. Notice, he selects a non-distracting area to consult with God, the wall. On this wall, there were no pictures, plaques, artifacts of any sort, not even a window, or door. He knew that God wanted his undivided attention as he wanted God's. Verse 2 says, ' he faced the wall, but talked to God '. He knew that beyond the wall was his healing, deliverance, and forgiveness. He takes a similar approach as the psalmist does in Psalm 121:1-2, he looks towards the hills, but he knows where his help comes from.
Hezekiah begs! Yes, he begs by saying,' I beseech thee O Lord '. The spirit of self exhaltation, his authority as king, and accumilated riches could have been a hindrance to his plea, but, he accounted himself as nothing and begs. Keep in mind that no matter how high up you are, God has a wall for you.
He realizes he's unworthy to ask God to grant him anything. He only asks the Lord to remember the positive things he has done to glorify his name ( verse 3b ). This is a greater prayer than that of Jabez ( I Chronicles 4:10 ), Jabez begins by asking God for things, which is typical of most praying done. All Hezekiah asks for is a mere thought from God. He knew God had a good memory of all his negatives, but, he wanted to remind God of all the good he had done. Often, we spend more time in our prayers praying the problem that God does not want us to have, rather than speaking what he wants for us. When you talk to God, pray the positive promises and not the negative problems.
In spite of his position of power, he weeps as a child, as a weakling, as one without hope in regaining altitude. He does not merely cry, the writer states, ' he wept sore '. He knew his sit- uation was desparate, and desparate measures had to be taken. Hezekiah had to do four sign-
ificant things, he had to believe and trust God, he had to locate a special praying position, he spoke the positive, and wept tears of repentance due to his house being out of order. Before Isaiah leaves the vicinity, God sends him back to Hezekiah to tell him that he's heard his prayer and seen his tears. God gave him more time to live and promised to take care of his enemy. Remember! There's no one that can talk to God for you better than you.When the pain is severe, find you a wall, or a place with the least distractions, preferrably on your knees
In Christ, Pastor J. Parks