A MIRACLE AND A POULTICE
Suggested Reading: 2 Kings 20-21
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Key Verse: 2 Kings 20:4b-5
The Word of the Lord came to him saying, “Return and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people,Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father; I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.”
God added 15 more years to Hezekiah’s life by a combination of divine healing and medicine. Isaiah prescribed a poultice, which was to be placed on Hezekiah’s boil in order to draw out the poison that was in his system. God works in our time also through this combination of prayer along with the best medical care, with which we are blessed. God hears and answers prayer! Just as God heard Hezikiah’s prayers for deliverance from the Assyrians, in today’s reading God hears and answers prayer for physical healing. Do we have need for God’s intervention? Yes! Yes! God will hear and answer our fervent prayers. That does not mean that God will always do just as we ask; He knows better than we do. Our faith is best expressed in obedience to do as He has told us. We pray, believe him for His perfect will, and the rest is up to Him. Pray! Obey! Read James 5:13-18. Then God will do what God will do!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for others (name them) and for myself as Hezekiah prayed, “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.” Thank You, Lord, that You are hearing my prayer. I know Your decisions are on the way. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I know from personal experience that God hears and answers prayer. As a result of God’s healing power, combined with the medical skills of the doctors and nurses, He has already added 58 more years to my life than the doctors predicted when I was 19 years old. The students in the Bible College in Peterborough, Ontario went into a time of fervent prayer on my behalf, and two of the ministers/teachers anointed me with oil, laid hands on my head, and prayed in the Name of Jesus for my healing. God heard and said, “Yes!” The doctors then did surgery to correct the problem which had caused my illness in the first place. As I’ve mentioned before in my blog, I was diagnosed over a year ago with acute MDS Leukemia. Thanks to the many who have prayed for me, and for those who have been obedient to the instructions found in James 5. I’m in treatment with an excellent hematologist/oncologist M.D. and also taking the best nutritional advice from a Doctor of Natural Medicine. I’m trusting God for healing. After Jesus spoke healing into the ten lepers, he sent them to the priests at the Temple who functioned as the medical experts of that day to confirm their healing (Luke 17:11-19). They were healed, not immediately, but as they were obediently on their way to show themselves to the priests. I believe God for healing, and I’m obeying His instructions. The Juravinski Cancer Centre nurses take lots of blood samples, and chemo is being applied (like the poultice in 2 Kings 20:7). God is in charge of it all! Amen!
Yours for healing now and for all eternity, where perfect well-being awaits those who trust in Jesus’ great Salvation through His suffering and death on the Cross, confidently trusting the Word of God spoken through the prophet Isaiah and recorded in Isaiah 53:6, “…by His stripes we are healed” (click here for the teaching which Isaiah obviously gave to Hezekiah),