“Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord…” 2 Kings 20:2
These are the words of King Hezekiah in response to the words of the Lord which were made known to him through Prophet Isaiah. The Lord heard Hezekiah’s prayer and healed him from the sickness and as a bonus added fifteen years to his life 2 Kings 20:6. The prayer and the tears of Hezekiah moved God’s decision. What a compassionate God we have!
We read in Psalm 118:17, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord…” Whenever I had the opportunity to pray for people who were in the last moments of their life, I have prayed quoting this verse from the Holy Bible and much to my amazement they have all recovered from their dire circumstances back to life and are still alive. The confession of this verse healed them from their sickness as we read in Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Apostle Paul was “stoned by the people and was dragged out of the city, supposing him to be dead” Acts . In verse 20 we read that “he rose up and went into the city.” Paul refused to die because he knew God had chosen him and had great plans and it had to be fulfilled by him Acts 9:15. When God has chosen you to be His ambassador to fulfill His plans, He has invested so much in you and you can’t fail Him. He knows you can do it and you alone can do it. Even if the whole world is against you be strong, “because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” 1 John 4:4.
I have heard men of God advice believers to keep their affairs in order (bank matters, will etc.) and to get ready to die quoting the words of Prophet Isaiah to King Hezekiah. I am surprised at these teachings because it can often mislead people. In Ezekiel 18:32 we read “For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!”
Therefore, let us run the race which God has kept for us faithfully throwing away every negative word or circumstance which discourages us. Jeremiah tells us “For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.” I know He is there for you and me. Hallelujah!