2 KINGS 20:1-11
Mountains are illustrations of big obstacles in our lives that seem to be overwhelming and unmovable. We know that our faith in God can move mountains and that the power of God can get rid of these seemingly unstoppable forces in our lives but did you know that we have the ability and grace to move the heart of God. God moves mountains but we can move the heart of God!
How do we move the heart of God?
The heart of God is able to be moved by the ones he love and therefore the first thing that we as believers must know is that we His people are able to move His heart because of his love for us. Imagine a parent and their child. The parent is able to be moved by the requests of the child because of the heart of love that the parent has and is more powerfully moved because of the intimate relationship rather than a random stranger on the street.
As a child talks to and can make requests to the parent through a loving relationship, the believer talks to God through prayer. If the first step is knowing that you are loved, the next category on how to move the heart of God is through prayer.
“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 down 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.
Hezekiah is dying and the LORD is telling him that he will surely die from this sickness so he better prepare for it. Hezekiah is not ready to go out like that and prays whole heartedly to the LORD! Hezekiah in his prayer tells God about his faithfulness and his heart is telling God the anguish of the news and this begins to move the heart of God to the point where God returns through the prophet Isaiah to bring the news of restoration. Why was Hezekiah sick? We don’t know, but the main emphasis of the story is that God was able to be moved by Hezekiah’s prayer to change the circumstance that he was in.
Chris is the reason Christians have this type of access and more to the Father. Itis actually crazy that Christians don’t exercise this privilege more often. It is crazy that we don’t pray more because not only do our problems can be addressed by the power of God but we more importantly get the opportunity to know the heart of God through conversation. What we know thus far from the stories of Hezekiah is that Hezekiah leaned upon God through prayer and it is prayer that I believe is the basic practice of the Christian lifestyle that cannot be ignored! Even in this season of my life, the LORD is reminding me of the basics and coming back to strengthen them to a whole new level because Christian maturity is not less dependence upon God but more! Today let us lean into the heart of God through prayer and make our requests made known to Him!