James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
OUR PAST AFFECTS OUR FUTURE
Earlier we learned that King Hezekiah followed the LORD YHWH. He obeyed the LORD, and when trouble came the LORD showed up to help him. At some point, during his reign, Isaiah sent a message to the king of a different type of trouble.
HEZEKIAH’S MESSAGE FROM THE LORD
The message was clear…
“Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’ 2 Kings 20:1b
I find it comforting to know that Hezekiah did not actually mention his ailment or death sentence to the LORD. Hezekiah knew the LORD personally and understood that He knows all things including the desires of our hearts. God knows the desires of our hearts and what we need even before we ask. The fact that God answered the prayer verifies this truth.
2 Kings 20:2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, 3 “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.
God answered through His faithful servant and prophet, Isaiah.
I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD, 6 and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake.” 7 And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.” 2 Kings 20
While it may sometimes seem that people do not receive earthly healing or have years added to their lifespan as Hezekiah did, God always hears, cares, and does what is best for His own. He does add years to our lives. He cares about our tears and desires. He will direct our lives when we delight in Him.
Psalms 58: 8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?
Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.…