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Face to the Wall

05 Jul

2 Kings 20:2: Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord.

King Hezekiah became terminally ill, and Isaiah visited him with a message. “Set your house in order,” said the prophet, “because you’re not going to recover from this, you’re going to die.” Wow, talk about hopeless. It’s one thing when a doctor says there’s no cure. It’s another when God Himself says it. So the King turned his face to the wall…

Have you ever been there, facing the wall, knowing your situation was hopeless? I have, as have many others. In fact it’s said that a venerable clergyman, while crossing the Atlantic, stood on ship’s the deck for hours, just staring out to sea. A boy finally approached him asking, “What’s so fascinating? What do you see out there?” To which the man slowly turned and replied, “Nothing. Nothing but God.”

Nothing but God. That’s what you see when you’re face to the wall, nothing but your last hope, which can only be found in Him.

And don’t think for one minute God can’t be persuaded. The Bible is full of stories about how Abraham, Moses, and others changed God’s mind. Here, the prophet had already given the word “Thus says the Lord.” And yet Hezekiah wasn’t about to give up. With tears, he set his case before his God, adding, “Remember how I’ve walked faithfully before you, Lord.”

The Bible says, “Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Turn back and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you.”

Are you up against it today? Turn to the wall. Focus on God alone and state your case. Believe me; you have a case, even if it rests on Jesus’ sacrifice. None of us are perfect, but we’ve been made righteous by the shed blood of Christ. (Rms. 5:1, 9, 17) And remember, the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16) Effective. That means it works.

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