Not only had illness taken over his body, but a prophet told him, God said, he should prepare to die. What was the first things this king did? Historians recorded, that moments after hearing this dire prediction, this powerful ruler, of one of the greatest nations of his time, sought God through a faith-filled prayer.
How do you respond when you hear discouraging news? Christian men who are confronted with the life threatening illnesses, don't have to let it shake their belief that God can and will hear, heal and help him.
Praying with a Sincere Heart
This monarch's prayer was not one that lasted for hours or one that was full of eloquent speech or a diatribe against his enemies. It was prayed with a sincere heart.
Christian men's faith can be weakened or strengthened by the words that we say because they reflect what we believe in our hearts.
In his letter to the Romans Paul explained that the mouth and the heart or key components of salvation and our guideline for using our faith to overcome our day to day struggles.
Christians have been given a divine authority from Jesus (John 14:12-14). When we pray in his name we are sure to get what we ask of him.
Prayers of Faith
In Why Faith is Important and other post I've talked about Morris Goodman, the miracle man and other Christan men who faced unsurmountable odds and how God granted their faith-filled prayers.
The Lord has restored health, family and finance for me and many other Christians in this and other generations. In Proverbs it says, the prayer of the upright pleases the Lord.
If you haven't read the powerful, simple prayer of faith made by King Hezekiah
(2Kings 20:3) here's what is says.
“Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.”
This age old story bears witness to the fact that it's not merely the content of the prayer but the condition of the heart that enables the hand of God to move on our behalf.