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Lord, I Pray that YOU Remember me! - Isaiah 38

Lord, I Pray that YOU Remember!
Isaiah 38:1-3 NIV
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”  Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord , “Remember, Lord , how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Greetings!

BlogFam, 

There are certain people who have conversations with me about me and I listen intentionally and intensely because I know that what they say to me is out of their genuine love and concern for me.  That list of people is NOT long at all but the list does exist.  It is not at all that I do not think those whose names are not on that list have nothing of value to add to my life, but because of previous experiences or personal observations, I just do not know how far I can go as far as trusting their motives for believing or receiving whatever "word" they have for Delesslyn.
Now, this is my personal truth.  I have no desire to impose it on anyone.  I am clear that there are some of you who expect and accept a "word" for your life, without discretion, from whomever is bold enough to speak it into your life.  I am not that kind of person.  I might hear what others, not on the list, say but please believe I will be going to God in prayer and even verifying with those on the list to share their wisdom with me.

Now, PLEASE BE CLEAR that the few people on my list are honest enough with me to tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly.  They will speak the TRUTH in love and with all sincerity.  I appreciate it even if I am convicted by the words they say because I know deep down, it is ALL for my good.  So, I can only imagine how King Hezekiah felt when his trustworthy and God-fearing prophetic confidante comes to him with words of death and not life.   I mean, whether you are on my list or not, I do not ever think I want to hear the words that the Prophet Isaiah spoke to King Hezekiah:

“This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."
I know that this had to be devastating!  And talk about kicking a man while he is down!  Yes, King Hezekiah was ill.  And, Yes, King Hezekiah was at the point of death.  But hearing words of hope are what we prefer to hear when things in our life look bleak.  And I do not think that the King was ready to hear such a final word that told him his life was coming to an end.  


Think about it.  Most ministers do not visit the sick in the hospital prepared to give words that ensure that those they visit will NOT recover.  We do not even go to funerals expecting to hear words that depress us even further.  And even if things do not look good based on the medical evidence, we still want the doctor to give us at least an inkling of hope in spite of what they have been trained to diagnose.

We want to hear words of life and hope in our seemingly hopeless situations of life!

And yet, after hearing this word from the Prophet, he did not fuss and cuss the Prophet.  He went directly to the source of this message that was delivered by the Prophet.  


King Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and he prayed to the Lord.
I cannot stress how important it is for ALL of us to make prayer our first response in every situation of life.  Far too often, we get overly emotional and caught up in what things look like, instead of resting in the one who has the whole world in His hands. We  seek refuge in every place but God who is our refuge and our strength. We look to everyone else instead of first looking to the hills from whence cometh our help.  And in this passage we are reminded to PRAY regardless of the situation or circumstance, the disease or the diagnosis, the chaos or confusion.  We are to turn our faces, our attention to heaven and pray to the Lord.

And I love the prayer that the King prays in this passage...


Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord , “Remember, Lord , how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”
And Hezekiah wept bitterly.


BlogFam, can I tell you why I love this prayer?  
Can I tell you why I think that this prayer is AMAZING?  
Can I tell you why I am so intrigued by this prayer?
I love this prayer and I think it is AMAZING and intriguing because he did NOT ask for one thing.  The prophet just told this sick king that he was not going to recover and he was going to die saith the Lord and in response, the king simply prays... LORD, I PRAY THAT YOU REMEMBER ME.

WOW!!!
WHAT A PRAYER!!!
BlogFam, Could you pray this same prayer?

“Remember, Lord , how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” 
The only way you can pray the prayer that King Hezekiah prays in this verse is if you have lived the kind of life that is reflected in this verse.
  
Are you faithful to the Lord?  
Is your heart wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord?  
Are you doing what is good in the eyes of the Lord?


King Hezekiah does not ask for his health to be restored.  He does not ask for the Lord to reverse the sentence of death. He does not ask the Lord to strike the Prophet for speaking such a word over his life.  He simply prays: LORD, I PRAY THAT YOU REMEMBER ME!  And in this prayer, the King is very specific about what he wants the Lord to remember about him...his faithfulness, his devotion, and his good works.  
Friends, what does the Lord remember about you?  What kind of memories have you chosen to create in the mind of the Lord?  
I love this prayer and I think it is AMAZING and intriguing because he did NOT ask for one thing directly related to his illness or pending death.  He only wants the Lord to REMEMBER and then to go from there.  King Hezekiah trusts the Lord.  He does not dispute the Lord's will or question it or doubt it but he does raise his personal testimony as evidence that his life is in agreement and I believe that he wants the Lord to consider his witness and reconsider the sentence of death.  


BlogFam, is your life's witness enough to put on the line when death has been pronounced over your life?  This is a serious question and it may not be an easy one to answer.  But it is my prayer for all of you that when you are facing an impossible situation and you do not know what to say, I pray that you can boldly pray the prayer of this King...
 
 
“Remember, Lord , how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” 

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!!!
Delesslyn

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