From 2 Kings 20
1 Some time later Hezekiah became deathly sick. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz paid him a visit and said, “Put your affairs in order; you’re about to die—you haven’t long to live.” 2 Hezekiah turned from Isaiah and faced God, praying: 3 Remember, O God, who I am, what I’ve done!
I’ve lived an honest life before you,
My heart’s been true and steady,
I’ve lived to please you; lived for your approval.
And then the tears flowed. Hezekiah wept. 4 Isaiah, leaving, was not halfway across the courtyard when the word of God stopped him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, prince of my people, ‘God’s word, Hezekiah! From the God of your ancestor David: I’ve listened to your prayer and I’ve observed your tears. I’m going to heal you…
Oh to be the sort of individual who when they go to prayer has the reverence and boldness to turn and face God. Too often we take on a position of fear and cower in prayer; and while there certainly needs to be a holy respect for God he doesn’t want us believing the lie that we must approach him from a place of fear. May you and I the next time we pray firmly face forward before the God of all creation and make our praise and requests known. May we come to realize the freedom that is facing God in prayer rather than turning aside in fear. And may we see God at work in our lives as he moves in our lives to respond to our prayers.