“Zedekiah son of Josiah succeeded Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim as the king of Judah. He was appointed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah. Nevertheless, King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, son of Maaseiah, to ask Jeremiah, “Please pray to the Lord our God for us.” Jeremiah 37:1-3 NLT
King Zedekiah’s heart wasn’t right before the Lord. He didn’t want to listen to what Jeremiah said. But, he wanted his prayers answered. How many times have I come before the Lord with the wrong heart? Feeling far from him. Knowing that I needed to ask for forgiveness. What a contrast to David’s humble plea…
Sometimes “Help” is the only word I can utter.
“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” James 5:13-15 NLT
I am amazed at all the prayers God has answered in my life. I look through old photos and pause to reflect on his goodness. A verse comes to mind, “Who am I Lord, that you have brought me and my family this far?” (2 Sam 7:18). But, still at times I forget all he has done. I get tired in the waiting.
“Elijah was human as we are, and yet he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” James 5:17&18
If it would have been three and a half days, I’m sure Elijah would have been grateful . But, I can imagine how elated he was after three and a half years. Did he ever want to give up hope? Maybe. But, he didn’t give up praying. What an example his faith is to me.
Dear Father, I praise you for who you are. Thank you for your faithfulness. How you care about my every need. Thank you for your promises and for the hope I have in you. Amen.