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Incense Rising Online Study 20

Today, we are looking at the second prayer of King Hezekiah. Everyone can relate to this prayer, a prayer for healing.

Hezekiah was a young man in his thirties when this illness threatened his life. Read 2 Kings 20:1-11.

When God tells someone to get their house in order for their death is soon, it seems imminent. This death sentence came from God. Hezekiah was bold to pray for healing when God had already handed him a death sentence. Hezekiah did not directly request God to heal him. Instead, his prayer was for God to remember his loyalty and obedience.

Hezekiah didn’t go to the house of the Lord as he did previously. Possibly, he was too sick, too weak, or too distraught. Both prayers were answered favorably, even though one was upon the altar and the other at home.

Why do you think Hezekiah turned his head toward the wall to pray? Many think it may have been the direction of the temple, but his reason could be simply privacy.

Hezekiah prayed, weeping bitterly. Perhaps his entire prayer was not recorded. It is possible that his prayer was brief but his spirit was praying through his tears.

Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Rom. 8:26-27 NKJV)

I have been praying when the sobs come, or is it really the Spirit’s groanings? Words are not uttered, but what about weeping? Many theologians differ on this.

Use a commentary or study Bible and prayerfully consider Romans 8:26-27.

King Hezekiah’s answer came immediately. God spoke to the prophet, Isaiah before he had gone far.

In this instance, God gave Hezekiah instructions. Obedience precedes blessing. Noah was obedient by building the ark in the midst of mocking. Abraham was ready to sacrifice Isaac in obedience to God.

Where was Hezekiah directed to go on the third day?

Other than healing and adding fifteen years to Hezekiah’s life, what other two things did God promise him?

Then Isaiah gave Hezekiah a prescription, as if to demonstrate God’s blessing on medication. A lump of figs was laid on the boil.

Do you know someone who does not believe in using medicine for religious reasons? Many times, lives could be spared if they would use the prescriptions the doctors write or have the procedure the doctor recommends.

Read 1 Timothy 5:23.

As a confirmation, Hezekiah requested a sign from God. God encouraged Hezekiah with a miraculous sign. What did God do?

Personally, I seek confirmation from God, and it is never anything as wondrous as what Hezekiah witnessed. I regard it as a reassurance that I heard God correctly. It is comforting that Scripture gives us a picture of seeking confirmations. We must never be hasty concerning the direction in which God is leading. Once we receive a confirmation from God, we trust Him. Do you seek confirmations when you pray?

This sums up our study on the prayers of Hezekiah, the obedient king who sought to glorify God.

Lord, as You lead and direct our steps, help us clearly seek Your will. Help us walk obediently and be loyal followers like Hezekiah. Amen.

Battling Depression

BATTLING DEPRESSION

By Carolyn Dale Newell

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Ps. 9:9 NKJV

I thought I had won the war on depression. It had been kicked to the curb a long time ago, but there I was, falling into a deep, dark pit with nothing to grab onto along the way.

My triggers can be hormones or the side effects of certain medications. Throw in a mix of loneliness, discouragement, and great disappointment and you have a recipe for despondency. I felt like such a burden to some, and a doormat to others. Satan began whispering, “They will never miss you.”

What? How was this happening so quickly? I am stronger than this! God has great plans for me. Was I too ashamed to turn to Scripture? Too filled with despair to turn on uplifting gospel music? It was time for this prayer warrior to go into the battle on my knees.

Psalm 9:9 tells us that God is a refuge for the oppressed. For many days, I prayed through the entire Psalm. It speaks about putting our trust in Him. That was my mistake. I trusted in myself when the enemy attacked or depression snuck in. God is my refuge in times of trouble. “Times of trouble” – for God knows there will be multiple seasons when we need to seek refuge in Him.

Friend, are you taking on heavy artillery from the enemy? Are you settling into the black sea of depression? Maybe a little of both? God is your refuge. God didn’t intend for us to fight these battles alone. The battle is His, and we must give it to Him. His Hebrew name is “Elohim Machase”, “God our Refuge”. Life happens and it is not kind, but we have a loving Father who gives us strength. He wants to comfort us. Run to Him! God is the refuge for life’s refugees.

Father,

Forgive me for even considering that I can handle things myself. I need You as my refuge, my shield, and my strength. Hedge me from Satan. Free me from conditions like depression. Thank You for always being there even when no one else is. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 9 and pray through it.

HIKING THE TRAIL

If you suffer with depression, please see a medical doctor. It is a very real medical condition and there are medications which can help. Like anything else, Satan often uses these situations to triumph over us, but God has the victory. The only way to fight spiritual warfare is through prayer.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.