Isaiah 38:5 – July 15, 2022

Go, tell Hezekiah: Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Now I will add fifteen years to your life. Isaiah 38:5 NABRE                

King Hezekiah has fallen gravely ill though he is a young man. The prophet Isaiah comes to him to let him know he is going to die. Hezekiah has had faith in the Lord in the past and this time also turns to God in prayer and his prayer is answered. Isaiah’s intervention assures the king that his health will be restored, which the defense of the city requires. He is told he will live fifteen more years and this keeps the Babylonian kingdom out of Jerusalem for that length of time. We see Hezekiah’s trust in the Lord, compared to other kings who did not trust and have been destroyed. The Lord offers Hezekiah a sign that He will keep his word and Hezekiah prays in thanksgiving to the Lord. Trust in the Lord is a powerful act of faith and love. It is through deeds that we demonstrate we have faith and love and by acting out of our trust we allow God to work in our lives.

We know many people who pray to be healed or to push back time on death and we probably can’t speak of many who actually received a sign of life like Hezekiah. This doesn’t build up our faith in the Lord, in fact it likely has the opposite effect. We ask afterwards why God did you not answer my prayer of healing. No one understands God’s will in these prayers. We do know that in the time of Hezekiah more people had faith in supernatural events than we have today. Much of God’s hope for us is a hope through unity. It is not individual faith that makes change but the faith of the whole. God is a God of communion and acting together, we illicit his intervention.

Do you have faith in your community of prayers? Have you witnessed healing?

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