2 Kings 20:1-6 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.” When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly. But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, this message came to him from the Lord: “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.’”
The Word of God instructs us in Col. 4:2 to be devoted to prayer. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we are instructed to “Pray Continually”. Philippians 4 tells us not to worry about anything, but instead pray about everything.
When a Believer has a problem, it’s normally a lack of prayer problem. People often come to me with issues, and many times I ask, “Have you prayed about it?”, and I’m shocked at the amount of people who have said “No, that’s what I came to you for!” If you want the prayer of agreement, then there must be a prayer I can agree with!
1. Prayer should be fervent
James 5:16 The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
One man of God said, “If your prayer won’t move the air around you then it won’t move God.” There is a time to sit quietly, being still and knowing He is God, but there is a time to pray like your life depends on it!
Ps 145:19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
2. Prayer will change your outcome
As you read in 2 Kings 20, the Lord told Hezekiah through the Prophet that he was going to die and that he would not recover from his illness. When God says that you’re dead, you’re a dead man! But as Hezekiah began to earnestly pray, the Lord added 15 years to his life and delivered their entire city! Abraham also interceded in Genesis 18 when the Lord was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham prayed, and the Lord was willing to spare the city if He found 20 righteous.
1 John 5:15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
3. Pray in Faith!
Mark 11:24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].