“The bottom line is pray. If you’re tired, sick, emotionally overwhelmed—pray. If you’re on cloud nine and life seems perfect—pray. If you lack direction—pray. If you doubt that prayer makes any difference—pray. If the circumstances of your life are out of your control—pray. If the circumstances of your life seem well within you’re your control—pray even harder. Whatever you do—pray.” Tony Evans
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.” Psalm 106:13-15
Hezekiah was one of the few good kings in the history of Judah. Coming to the throne at age twenty-five and ruling for twenty-nine years, he reigned during turbulent days as foreign powers such as Assyria threatened the nation’s very
During this fifteen year extension he set his country on a course that would ultimately send it into the Babylonian captivity: He sired Manasseh, one of the most wicked kings in Judah’s history, and he exposed the wealth of the nation to ambassadors from Babylon, encouraging an attack from that country. He would have been better off going to heaven when God first called him. Isaiah rebuked him for revealing Israel’s treasures to Babylon, and prophesied that Babylon would destroy Israel as a result, “and of thy sons…shall they take away and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”123 Hezekiah’s response? “Good is the word of the Lord…ls it not good if peace and truth be in my days?”124
Amy Carmichael once said, “Be careful what you set your heart on, for surely it will be yours.” You can easily deceive yourself into believing that if God gives you what you want you are blessed. It may be that he is tired of your whining and does for you what He did for Hezekiah. At Kadesh Barnea Israel said to God, ‘Would to God we could die in the wilderness, and who will care for our children?”125 “And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.”
122 II Kings 20:1
Deuteronomy 22-24 Mark 14:1-26 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
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