Isaiah 38 tells a story about Prophet Isaiah informing Hezekiah, then the King of the nation of Judah, to put his affairs in order, in preparation for his imminent demise. He was going to die and this counsel was as certain as God being on the throne. But Hezekiah didn’t accept it. And what he did was very instructive.
The Bible says, Hezekiah turn his face to the wall. He turned from men and all their machinations. And all he could see at that time, was God. Put away all your rationalization for a solution and turn to God. Only He can get you out of trouble.
Next, the King of Judah put God to rememberance. He said: ‘Remember how I walked before You in truth, and with a perfect heart.’ And then, Hezekiah wept sore before the Lord.
The story goes that in moments, God instructed Isaiah to return to Hezekiah and announce his healing; give him a special confirmation of his healing and add fifteen more years to his life. Hezekiah beat the ailment and beat death in one fell swoop.
Through prayer, Hezekiah altered his destiny and so can you. And it wasn’t just the content of his prayer but the approach.
God says, ‘Put me in remembrance, let us plead together; rehearse thine own cause, that thou mayest be justified.’(Isaiah 43;26)
The implication is that God–as the righteous judge that He is–wants us to rehearse our own cause before Him because we have an enemy who does not sleep but daily accuses us in the realm of the spirit as to why certain provisions that are ours by right should not be ours vitally. It is this due process that requires that you put Him in remembrance of His word by rehearsing your cause.
For instance, a Christian isn’t supposed to be unemployed. Ephesians 4:28 says this. It is your right to have work. But if you don’t know it, the accuser of the brethren, the devil will use your ignorance to rob you of many great paying jobs or business opportunities in the court of God.
God again says, ‘Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.’ (Isaiah 41:21)
Your responsibility is to produce your cause. You are suppose to be in health; produce your cause. You are suppose to be debt-free; produce your cause. You are supposed enjoy marital bliss; produce your cause. A cause is an overriding conviction based on God’s will for you. Produce it in the place of prayer.
Next, He says, bring forth your strong reasons. These are the reasons why you should be healthy; why you should be debt-free; why you should live void of defeat. And no reasons are as strong as the reasons God himself has given us in His word. Search out the reasons for your cause and bring them forth as you pray to the Jugde of all the earth; the King of Jacob.
You know, Jacob earned the name, Israel, meaning, Prince of God, because according to Genesis 32: 24-28, he wrestled with God’s Angel and prevailed. But Hosea explains how Jacob’s wrestle story was an allegory; about how he prayed and prevailed.
The Prophet says, ‘Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;’ (Hosea 12:4)
He wept and made supplication. That was how Jacob prevailed. That was how Hezekiah too, prevailed. And this is how you too must prevail. The Bible says, He found God in Bethel, the house of God and there God spoke.
Today, if you are born again, you are the house of God and right where you are, the Judge of the earth waits for you to present your case to Him so that He too can pronounce His judgements on your matter. Enough of letting Satan speak and wreak havoc in your life. It is time to get out of trouble fast.
It is time to pray…a prayer of petition!