Praying Powerfully III

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“Now, O LORD, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (2 Kings 20:3)

Isaiah the prophet informed King Hezekiah that his life has reached its end and encouraged him to tie up all his loose ends. Hezekiah was a man known for prayer and his obedience to the Lord. But like most of us, he had issues and at this point he was very sick. He prayed; and before Isaiah left his kingdom the Lord mentions, “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you.”

This raises a debate to whether God changed His mine or did He already want to deliver Hezekiah and was waiting for the king to line up with His will. Nevertheless, the focus is on how intensely he prayed or as describes he wept bitterly.

When was the last time you wept over your sin, or the condition of the saints, your country, your family? We have become too casual in our prayer life that we check it off our to-do-list, or we think that we need to sound spiritual, or use the right vernacular. Prayer is more than just communication with God; it’s our lifeline.

“In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’ What I’ve discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.” Iyanla Vanzant

There is so much more to prayer then what we discussed, but the Bible illustrates various ways in how we can approach it. You want true change? It starts and ends in prayer.

Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full time staff member at America’s Keswick.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 132; Proverbs 13

Daily Quote: “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. ~2 Corinthians 4:16

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