Background: During the period of Israel’s history when the nation was divided in two and the kings who ruled were generally evil, God did not leave His people without a testimony to His presence and power. One of the few good kings was named Hezekiah. Let’s see what kind of relationship he had with God.
Ask the children…
What was going to happen to King Hezekiah?
“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.’” (2 Kings 20:1)
How did Hezekiah respond?
“When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 ‘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.” (2 Kings 20:2)
What did the Lord do as a result?
“But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard,[a] this message came to him from the Lord: 5 ‘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. 6 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.’” (2 Kings 20:4, 5, 6)
God listened to the prayer of King Hezekiah and healed him and actually added 15 years to his life. Now that was an amazing relationship that Hezekiah had with God.
Ask your children if they think God hears their prayers and will do amazing things as a result? Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.” (John 16:23) God is just waiting for us to pray to Him about what concerns us. Ask your children what they want to pray about? Pray with them now and believe God will answer just like He answered Hezekiah.
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