THE 14th OF MARCH
ONLY IF WE PRAY CAN WE RECEIVE WHAT WE NEED
Thus says the Lord: “Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.” Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. – 2 Kings 20:1-3
Hezekiah loved the Lord, and although he was not a perfect man (he had become proud, boastful and selfish toward the end of his life), the Lord immediately listened to his request and granted him an extension on his life. How wonderful is the heart of Father God in His sovereignty. God showed mercy to Hezekiah’s broken heart and gave him fifteen more years to live! The king understood how powerful prayer can be, since he and his nation prayed to be delivered from the Assyrian oppression. God sent an angel in the enemy’s camp, out of Jerusalem, to kill them, winning the battle for the Jewish people.
Hezekiah was not necessarily a man of great faith. He even asked for a sign to be sure that what the Lord told him would come to pass. We can all relate to that, can’t we? We pray fervently for something important from the Lord, and when He answers and even additionally promises us something else, it seems too hard for us to believe. We even have a common expression for this: “I cannot believe this!”
What we say with our mouths influences our level of faith. By what we say, we can cancel our faith and replace it with doubt, even without the help of the enemy. That is why it is so important to renew our minds and pay careful attention to the words we speak. SPEAK ONLY POSITIVE WORDS, FILLED WITH AFFIRMATIONS AND PRAISES OF THE LORD! To cancel the destructive power of words, we must stop thinking negative, condemning and doubtful thoughts, as our thoughts easily become our words.
How great is Your love, Lord God! You care so much about me and my needs and all You are waiting for to help me, is my fervent prayer done in faith. Please help me to cast away all the negative, condemning, doubtful and fearful thoughts, and not give them the power to steal my faith by speaking them. Thank You for giving me all the best and helping me to live to please You. Amen