by Rev Joel Yong
2 Kings 20:1-7
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, Thus says the Lord, Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover. Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 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. And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: 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, 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. And Isaiah said, Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.
Isaiah had prophesied his impending death but Hezekiah turned immediately to God and sought grace.
He sought for God to reconsider and turn a supposedly foregone conclusion around.
And guess what- God did!
He added 15 years to Hezekiah’s life!
What an audacious prayer request!
What made Hezekiah dare to seek God in such a manner?
Note Hezekiah’s prayer:
“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.”
He prays “remember me.” As if there is some familiarity between God and him.
The 2 are not strangers.
Hezekiah was not one who seldom prayed to God or was unfamiliar with God.
He walked in faithfulness with God and had due reason to believe that God would find him familiar!
And as he came before God- not as a stranger but a keen follower- God hears his prayer and shows him the grace of lengthening his life.
What a reminder to me this day …
Dare I say to God “Remember me …” as if He would find me a familiar companion who journeyed throughout my life with Him?