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Bible verse for June 4
“Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, and said, ‘Please, O Lord, 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.” Isaiah 38:2-3
Prayer Reflections for June 4
Hezekiah, already a great and godly king, was only thirty-nine years old when he experienced a life-threatening illness. He was at the height of his career as king and wealthy beyond belief but, in addition to his near-death sickness, he lacked something vital: a son and heir.
Isaiah, the prophet of God, visited Hezekiah with heartbreaking news and confirmed the young king’s fears. The Message paraphrase says it this way: ”God says, ‘Prepare your affairs and your family. This is it: You’re going to die. You’re not going to get well.’” (Isaiah 38:1)
Hezekiah’s response was one we can probably all understand. He turned his face to the wall and wept. What he did next, though, changed everything.
Hezekiah prayed a simple prayer.
“Please, O Lord, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.”
His prayer may sound odd and a little prideful to us but Hezekiah lived under the law, not under the grace and mercy of Jesus. His relationship with God was based on the law and his obedience to it. Obedience brought blessing, and freedom from disease was one of the blessings he expected. As a man under the law, Hezekiah’s prayer was based on his Old Testament understanding of God’s truth. (Deuteronomy 6:18, Exodus 15:26)
In a way, Hezekiah’s prayer might be interpreted this way: “Lord, I’ve tried to live the way the You wanted me to live and I’ve done the best I could. I am yours and am claiming all Your promises. I trust You to do what’s best.”
What Hezekiah didn’t pray is as important as what He did. He didn’t demand or whine. He didn’t ask God to heal him or to remove this trial from him. He didn’t ask for more life. He simply asked God to remember, or take note of, his situation.
For New Testament believers, our relationship with God is not based on our good deeds but on the completed work of Jesus on the cross. We don’t approach God or expect Him to answer our prayers on the basis of our goodness or how we’ve lived but on the foundation of our relationship with Jesus. It is His goodness, how He lived, died, and rose again to redeem us, that allow us to approach the Father with confidence.
Hezekiah’s prayer sounds a lot like Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane doesn’t it?
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
In a way, Hezekiah asked God to take note of his situation, and his illness but he didn’t offer God a list of possible answers to his prayer or suggestions for how God should move. He left God’s response up to God.
There’s one more point of note in Hezekiah’s prayer. He didn’t call out to one aspect of God, such as Jehovah Rapha, God our healer, but to God in all his fullness. He prayed to the same God David described in Psalm 107:13, the One who hears the cries of His people and delivers them from their distress.
Hezekiah didn’t ask for fifteen more years of life nor for a son but God gave him both as well as miraculous confirmation of His promised answer.
When we are in distress, whether from illness, grief, or the circumstances of our lives, we, too, can call out to our God and trust Him to hear us, answer our prayer, and do what is best. A New Testament version of Hezekiah’s prayer might look like this:
“Lord, take note of my situation and move on my behalf. I trust You and all Your promises. My hope for the future and my confidence for today are in You alone. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer in the best way. I pray in Jesus’ name and because of His blood’s cleansing, Amen.”
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June 4 Prayer
Lord, take note of my situation and move on my behalf. I trust You and all Your promises. My hope for the future and my confidence for today are in You alone. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer in the best way. I pray in Jesus’ name and because of His blood’s cleansing, Amen.
Leanna is a prolific writer and passionate intercessor. She has taught and led in the area of prayer and in-depth Bible studies for more than two decades. She has served Global Outreach International as the Director of Intercessory Prayer and Outreach since 2016.
Her ministry priorities include:
SHARING the gospel primarily with high-risk teens
SERVING through providing personal hygiene supplies and water to the homeless community and a feeding program for food-insecure students
EQUIPPING believers to go deeper in the disciple life through retreats, Bible studies, and one-on-one disciplining
SUPPORTING missionaries through prayer and encouragement and connecting senior adults in long-term care facilities with missionaries in the field as prayer partners.