During the divided kingdom, there were very, very few good kings. Of the 40 kings, only a handful were godly. And of the good and godly, it is hard to find one better than Hezekiah.
He was responsible for the destruction of idol worship and of him it was said “after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him” (II Kings 18:1-5). Yet, he was dealt a devastating blow by Isaiah cataloged in the following passage.
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Set thy house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto Jehovah, saying, Remember now, O Jehovah, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle part of the city, that the word of Jehovah came to him, saying, Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the prince of my people, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee; on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of Jehovah” (II Kings 20:1-5).
* Notice the first thing Hezekiah did was not call a doctor or medical professional, but make a plea to the One who truly could make a difference. There is nothing wrong with doctors or medical professionals, but do not forget to go to the One Who can genuinely and really help.
* Notice the privilege afforded to God’s people — communication with Him. His ears are open to the “righteous” (I Peter 3:12). Life is not intended to be lived without a healthy, continual prayer life.
* Notice prayer can and does change things. The things for which we pray are not always answered in the way we desire, but according to God’s will. Concerning Hezekiah, his life was extended 15 years. Do not ever underestimate the power of prayer — it can, does and will change things.
On this day, strive to live a godly life so that you may call upon God during your difficult times. And do not ever forget the tremendous and humbling privilege of prayer — you cannot live without it!