Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, and said, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Isaiah 38:2-3 NKJV
Hezekiah was sick and near death. Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Thus says the Lord, Set your house in order, for you shall surely die and not live.” Hezekiah went into his prayer closet. Hezekiah went to a place only he and God could go.
Hezekiah spoke words only God could hear. Hezekiah asked God to remember his faithfulness to Israel. He asked the Lord to remember His faithfulness to God. What did God do? He extended Hezekiah’s life!
My sons were eight and two years old. I had not seen them for months. We spent the weekend together. It was time for them to leave. I drove to work in the dark, in a car without a radio. Alone with the Lord I wept. My heart was broken.
The words, “I have seen your pain” echoed through my heart and mind. I was not alone in the car. Jesus was with me just as He had been with me during the years I wandered through the dessert of unbelief. Jesus revealed Himself to me in a new way that day!
Last night I went to a place only Jesus and I can go. It is a place where only Jesus can hear me. What did I say? I asked the Lord to incline His ear to me. I asked Jesus to hear the thoughts rattling around in my mind. I asked Him to hear the desires of my heart.
I developed a habit of thanking Jesus and praising Him before getting out of bed in the morning. I addressed the Lord by the many names that give Him glory and honor. I recited the names that describe His character as I thanked Him for the new day ahead!
I disciplined myself to incline my heart to Almighty God before falling asleep at night. I would say good night to my wife and get quiet before the Lord. I would simply ask Jesus if we could spend some time together. By faith I believed Almighty God was with me!
Those habits of spending time with Lord first thing in the morning and spending the last few minutes of the day with Jesus built up my faith. They reminded me that Jesus is always with me. I learned that I could spend time with Jesus whenever I wanted!
Somehow I stopped praising and thanking Jesus in the morning for the day ahead. I stopped spending the last few moments of the day with my Lord. I want to say that it was not a conscious decision but that is not true. I set my heart on other things!
I do not spend time with Jesus because I am faithful. I spend time with Jesus to remind myself that He is faithful and true. Jesus does not reveal Himself to us because we are righteous and holy. Jesus reveals Himself to us because He is righteous and holy!
God extended Hezekiah’s life because He loved Hezekiah. Jesus will extend your life into eternity because He loves you. Go into the place only you and Jesus can go today!
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