“Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, ‘What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the Lord on the third day from now?’ I Isaiah answered, ‘This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?’ “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,’ said Hezekiah. ‘Rather, have it go back en steps.’ Then the prophet Isaiah called upon the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.” (2nd Kings 20:8-11)
In Joshua 10:12-14, sought and was granted a miracle, for he prayed to God to stop the sun at the middle of the day, for a full day, as proof that God was with Israel. And God granted the request. Astronomers have proven that this actually did occur and it hasn’t happened before nor ever again in history. Here,, in 2nd Kings Isaiah sought God to reveal a sign that He would do was he was being requested to do. Prayer was the key in both situations, as it reveals faith in God that He will do what He says He will do.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of receiving an answer from God. He will not be pulled into a performance of signs, but there are times when a response to a prayer is fully and openly given. Our prayers are always heard, but not always answered upon the end of the prayer or even at all. As we develop our relationship with Him, you begin to get a sense for what He will do and that which He will not do. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When you are the zero, He is the One!”
“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told he king, ‘The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.’ So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” (Ezra 8:21-23)
God’s grace calls for our faith. He wants t provide for the needs of His people. Too often we are too confident of our ability to supply our needs. At times we need to be ashamed of our lack of reliance on God’s grace.
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for ou, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boas all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2nd Corinthians 12:8-9)
This is one of the rare cases in the Bible where God explains an answer of ‘no’ to a prayer. God’s glory is not shown in human strength. Paul had such impressive struggles that God’s glory was best demonstrated by working through he unexpected—-human weakness. God’s ‘no’s’ work to use us better to accomplish His perfect purposes.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father,’ I thank you that ou have heard me. I knew that yo always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’” (John 11:41-43)
Jesus’ words imply a prayer previously made, probably during the four day wait prior to the journey to Bethany. Here He acknowledged the Father as His source of healing power. Answered prayer calls forth thanks. Believers need never doubt. God hears and responds to prayer.
The raising of Lazarus back to continued earthly life was a demonstration in time of the end time power of God to effect the resurrection of believers. Lazarus was raised but would die again. Believers will be raised never again to die.