What if God told you that you were sick and dying and to get your house in order?
What would you do?
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “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.
Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “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…'”
I wonder if we really put that much stock in prayer… If you pray, do you expect anything to change about your circumstance?
Jesus prayed pretty hard one night.
He knew he was about to die and he was overwhelmed with sorrow, so he prayed.
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping.“Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed,“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
God did not spare Jesus from death, but Jesus rose from the dead, so that’s a pretty good trade off.
But what he did give him is strength and resolve to face what he was about to face.
What is your first instinct, first natural reaction to bad news, to stress, to the idea of death?
Where do you immediately go, in your mind?
How would our lives be different if our first instinct was to pray to the only one who can really do anything about it?
Try it, if you dare.
At Two Cities Church we believe that you can talk to God. You, me, anybody. We believe that He hears you and we believe He cares. We also believe that He can do something about your circumstances. Because we believe all of this, we’ve put together a prayer team. Three couples have stepped forward to pray for our church, our community, our country and our world. So if you are in need, please don’t hesitate to tell us. You can email us here.