Saturday, January 6, 2018


Today’s Reading: Isaiah 37-38

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


Many believe that this southeast corner of the Temple Mount area is what the Bible referred to as “the pinnacle of the Temple” (the place where Jesus was taken by Satan, who tempted Him to jump off because the angels would protect Him – Matthew 4:5-6). The southeast point is the highest point overlooking the Kidron Valley below. This temptation came when Jesus was nearing the end of an extended period of prayer and fasting. As we will see in today’s reading, prayer and a Word from God are the means whereby we receive strength to overcome every attack of Satan.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verses: Isaiah 37:15-16

Then Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying: “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth…”


Isaiah 37 teaches us that fervent prayer is effective to change circumstances in the world around us! Isaiah 38 teaches us that fervent prayer is effective to change our personal circumstances! In desperation, Hezekiah tears his royal robes, puts on sackcloth and goes to pray in the Temple. Isaiah’s advice to him was to “lift up your prayer!” (37:4b). When Hezekiah received the threatening letter, he again went to the House of the Lord, opened the letter, and “spread it before the Lord” (37:14). Then he “prayed to the Lord!” As a result, Isaiah received a message from God for Hezekiah…”Because you prayed to Me…!” On the personal matter of the terminal illness from which Hezekiah suffered, it appears that he may have just rolled over in his bed and “prayed to the Lord!” (38:2). As a result once again, Isaiah was sent to Hezekiah with God’s answer…”I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears, and I will add to your life 15 years!” (38:5). What is the message for us? PRAYER! PRAYER! and more PRAYER!!!


[Note: This was originally written by David Mainse January 6, 2016]

Lord God, I’m praying some of the words of Hezekiah. For national and international concern I pray, “THAT ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH MAY KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE LORD, YOU ALONE!!!” For my personal needs I reverse the words of Hezekiah in 38:1b and ask that I will “LIVE” and not “DIE.” Grant that I may “take root downward and bear fruit upward!” (37:31b). “Undertake for me!” (38:14b). I pray this in the Name of the One “Who…offered up prayers and supplications with vehement cries and tears…” the Lord Jesus Christ!!! Amen!!! (Hebrews 5:7).


It’s time for my personal testimony of healing! Two years ago the cancer specialist, oncologist/hematologist, who had originally diagnosed my MDS acute leukemia said, “Remarkable” and “Jaw dropping!” From what looked to me in the mirror like a rack of bones in August 2013, I have gained 30 pounds and even my grandsons were impressed to feel grandpa’s muscle. “Remarkable” is the right word. Thanks everyone for your prayers!!! Also, as Isaiah prescribed a human remedy to Hezekiah’s illness (a “poultice” – 38:21), a bone marrow test was just done at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, and I won’t have the report for several days yet. I believe that I may be like Hezekiah and have “15 more years.” Let’s see…in 15 years I’ll be 94! I can’t keep the smile off my face. Of course, like Paul, I long to depart and be with the Lord (read Philippians 1:19-26). But in God’s plan, I just may be needed down here for a while yet!

Yours for continuing in the centre of God’s will for our lives through prayer, prayer and more prayer, and through God’s intervention in response to our prayers,


10 thoughts on “Saturday, January 6, 2018

  1. Irene I am praying that you dear sister will find her coat this very day. I am also praying that Doreen’s son snd family have arrived safety home,
    Blessings to all.

  2. Blessings fellow saints in Jesus.
    I pray your son and family are safe Doreen and guided by The Holy Spirit to their safe haven. Also that your sister has found her jacket Irene. Praying those who are experiencing these bitter cold days will keep warm a be bundled up if there is a need to go out. Ger I pray your clearing of the snow will be soon and help is there for you.

    Wonderful scriptures today with a message of HOPE as we pray pray pray.
    Sah continuing to pray for a breakthrough in your finances.

    Blessings to The Mainse family as they approach many firsts without the physical presence of David but with precious memories.

    Enjoy the day we have been given.

    • Thank you folk for your prayers. My family has not arrived yet and I have been unable to contact them but I know they are in God’s care. I expect they will arrive maybe tomorrow (and it is expected to be a little warmer then)! Bless you all.

  3. Amen Eleanor in response for your prayers for Irene and Doreen. Am well plugged in here with snow but my faithful help is going to gladly help me out soon. In the meantime I am at peace here. Thank you Lord for answering my prayer. May all your prayers be answered too saints. Amen!

  4. Bless all of you for your prayers for my sister…as yet, the jacket has not appeared, but I believe it will.
    And I join in the prayer needs that have come forth, and know that our Lord is faithful who hears and answers when we call on Him. Praise His Holy Name!!

    Yes, agreeing with David, like Hezekiah, pray, pray, pray!
    (and in all things give thanks).
    Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above you heavenly hosts, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Amen!!

    Thank you Reynold for the photo, and thank you for comments and explanation of its content!!

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