"… you will not recover … I will add fifteen years to your life." — Isaiah 38:1,5
King Hezekiah became ill. The prophet informed him that this was it, he wasn’t going to recover. Soon he would be dead. But Hezekiah wept and prayed, and the Lord healed him and added years to his life.
I’m glad this story is here. For one thing, it makes me feel a little better about all the times I say "no" to my children, and then listen to their appeals and change my mind and say "yes." But more than that, it shows me that God is not so remote, so unyielding. He enters into our world, hears our prayers, and will even change plans in response to our cries.
I like that. I know that I can’t get God to do anything He doesn’t want to do. I can’t manipulate Him. Nobody can. But He does hear the cries of our heart, He does care, and He may — just maybe — change His answer.
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