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Give us our Daily Bread: 12 July 2020

12 Jul 2020 at 10:16hrs | Views
"In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, "This is what the LORD says, 'Give instructions to your household, for you are about to die; you will not get well.'" 2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 "Please, LORD. Remember how I have served You faithfully and with wholehearted devotion, and how I have carried out Your will." Then Hezekiah wept bitterly.4 The LORD's message came to Isaiah, 5 "Go and tell Hezekiah: 'This is what the LORD God of your ancestor David says: "I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will add fifteen years to your life." Isaiah 38 verses 1-5 (New English Translation)

In these verses, we read about King Hezekiah of Judah. He had fallen really sick with a terminal illness. The word of the Lord came to the king through Prophet Isaiah. The prophet bore sad news, he told the king that he must put his house in order, as he was not going to recover from his illness. He was going to die.

As soon as the prophet left, the king threw himself down and wept bitterly in prayer to the Lord. He begged the Lord to remember the days when he walked in righteousness and under instruction. Before the prophet left the courtyard, the word of the Lord came to him to go back and tell the king that He had heard his prayer, and that 15 more years will be added to his life.

There are two key lessons that can be drawn from this passage. Firstly, we have heard at some point our neighbours and friends saying God's answer comes late. This is not correct. As we can see from this passage, God's answer came before Isaiah even left the courtyard of the king's palace. This means the answer came within a few minutes if we are to accept that it took a few minutes to walk from the king's residence hall to the gate of the courtyard. The reason why most people believe that God's answer comes late is because people want the answer "Yes" each time they ask God for something, especially material. God does things at the perfect time, so at times His answer is "Not Now My child" or even "No My child, this is not for you, I will find you something better." But sometimes out of our own impatience or arrogance we still want that which we prayed for exactly, and immediately.

Remember God in His Trinity manifest, is the only One who is omnipresent, meaning He can be in all the places at the same time. The devil cannot, if he is in Bulawayo you must know that in Harare he is not there, he will send his minions there. This means God is able to hear billions of prayers and react to them all at once.

The other reason why we do not receive answers to our prayers immediately, is because of things that hinder either our prayers or the answer. Daniel prayed and fasted, only to receive the answer after 21 days. As it turned out, the angel who was sent with the answer had been held by the demons for those 21 days, but God had responded immediately. Things that hinder our prayers or answers can be anything that is against God's instruction and ways. In 1 Peter 3 verse 7 it teaches that husbands must treat their wives well, so that their prayers may not be hindered. This means, try your best to be in a good place in terms of your relationship with God and those around you for your prayers not to suffer hindrance, through things done which are not consistent with our faith in God.

The second thing we can benefit from this passage is that, God is indeed a Father full of love and understanding. Here is a man, Hezekiah, who bargained with God asking Him to remember the days he had walked under His instruction. God remembered and granted 15 more years of life to Hezekiah. In your time of toil or persecution, do you have something you can use to plead your case before God so that He can change His mind in your favour? This is very important in dire situations. God does not change, He is the same He was a thousand years ago, He will still be the same forever. The same merciful approach He afforded to Hezekiah, He is ready to listen to your case today in the same merciful approach. But the question is, is your relationship with God in good stead to help you plead and move God to understand your side of the story. This calls for self introspection, we need to reflect and put our relationship in good stead with God. We are living in the last days, it is still time to repent, but one day it will be too late. In these trying times of uncertainty, never let a minute go without being sure of where you stand with God.

Likewise encourage your brothers and sisters, parents, neighbours, workmates, friends, strangers in our daily interaction, to make the right decision by accepting Jesus and putting their relationship with God in good stead. The word of God instructs us too, to pray for those who do not wish us well. Mend bridges with those whom you have wronged and ask for forgiveness. This is the way of God.

Brothers and sisters, the Lord's grace is sufficient for all of us.

Robert Sigauke is a fellow servant in the Lord. He writes from Johannesburg. Email

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