A PRAYER THAT CHANGES THE MIND OF GOD
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Isaiah 38:2-3 (NIV)
2When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3“Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
On this verse above, King Hezekiah was facing turmoil in his life; he has been suffering from sickness to the point of death. At this time he had no son to take-over as his successor, this is a double portion of crisis. God instructed Prophet Isaiah to go and inform the king about the sad news of his forthcoming death. Notice that what is important is not the situation you are currently facing in your life for it does not move God but it is your reaction towards the situation that matters to God.
I am deeply moved by how the king responded to the news, “he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the God…then he broke down and wept bitterly.” This kind of prayer is not just an ordinary few-minutes prayer, but it is an agonistical prayer (unnatural, agony, deep anguish, strained, full of pain, striving to overcome in an agonistic approach). It is the kind of a prayer whereby if you present your case to the Lord, your face just becomes the pool of tears. This is the kind of a prayer that changes the mind of God concerning His decision about your life; it causes Him to reconsider His decision concerning your fate.
This kind of a prayer is a prayer for those who are tired of suffering and living a life that does not bear fruits, those who are tired of stagnation in their lives, those who say enough is enough devil you are the liar, you have held me in captive for many years, I have been unemployed for many years but this year is my year of exponential growth and exponential increase, just like Hezekiah I want fifteen times more of what I possess.
When you pray this kind of a prayer you shut yourself in your closet, break down and weep bitterly to the Lord. This kind of a prayer is a prayer of giving spiritual birth; just like the woman in a labour ward, you groan in deep anguish for your cause, for your test to become a testimony. It is the same prayer that Hannah prayed; a prayer of deep anguish when she was barren and her case immediately changed to seven sons (number of completeness, wholesomeness).
This kind of a prayer makes you complete in life, it fills every gap over and above than what you initially requested, it makes you whole and grants you a peaceful life, filled with happiness.
1 Samuel 1:9-18; 2 Samuel 12: 14-31; Galatians 4:19
Dear, Lord Jesus, possess me the same grace of a prayer that changes the mind of God regarding my case. As I present my case to the Lord, let Him disappoint all my enemies and if they have a hand in my suffering, let them pay back seven times in Jesus Mighty name. Amen!
Extract from “The Messenger Angel” daily devotional: www.christsynod.org