Why pray, if God’s will will be done?
2 Kings 20:1 (NLT) “About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: ‘This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.'”
Well! I’m sure that Hezekiah was like, “Really Lord? That’s it? Well, if it’s Your will then what can I do about it but die?”
Sometimes messages come to us in different forms and from different messengers. We receive messages or bad reports from doctors about diseases and illnesses and accept the message as if we have no choice. The enemy brings us messages about ourselves like, “you are going to fail, you aren’t competent on your job, you won’t succeed, you aren’t good enough, you will never be prosperous, or no one will love you if they knew everything about you.” We immediately receive those negative messages in our spirit as if we have to.
But when God Himself sent a message to Hezekiah through a prophet, a reliable man of God, that His will was for Hezekiah to die from his illness, did Hezekiah receive this message? No! He turned his face to the wall and prayed. He said Lord, even though Your will for me is death, I have been faithful and I’m asking You for life instead.
Now I know you are thinking, “But we can’t question God!” Oh but He is a God of mercy and grace and He will even change His own plan for you if you have the obedience, faith, and boldness of Hezekiah. So should we pray if God’s will is already determined? Ask Hezekiah, and his answer would be yes. And do we have to receive the negative reports and messages from others or the enemy? No! Turn your face to the wall and pray; God can extend time for you, add time to your day or 15 years to your life. Dr.J.
2 Kings 20:5-6 NLT “Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own honor and for the sake of my servant David.’”