In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the Lord: “Remember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah :”Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of your ancestor David: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and defend this city. Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it to the boil, so that he may recover.” Hezekiah also had said, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?”
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King Hezekiah was told he was to die. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed, and God heard his prayer. —Isaiah 38: 2
Keith Miller was in a bad car accident when he was a college student. As he lay beside the highway, waiting for the ambulance to come, he thought he was going to die. He closed his eyes and began to pray. “As I prayed,” he said later, “I had a strange feeling of peace that permeated my consciousness. I thought to myself, ‘What a shame to find – so late in life – that this kind of peace is a reality.’ ” — The Taste of New Wine
The prayer experiences of Keith Miller and King Hezekiah invite me to ask, when did I have a similar experience?
If radio’s slim fingers can pluck a melody out of the night and toss it over mountains and the sea;
if the petal-white notes from a violin are blown across the desert and the city’s din …
why should mortals wonder if God hears prayer? — Marvin Drake
—Excerpted from Mission, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, it’s not uncommon for people to say, “I just want peace of mind.” It’s inevitable if we engage in life, we will have heartaches, disappointments, and profund concerns about health issues, financial instability, and relationships that have deteriorated. So where is the peace? We put our trust in you, Lord. That with you as our anchor, ever sturdy and ever present, we know that in the deepest part of our being we rest in your protection and in your consuming love that will never disappoint us.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team