Read: II Kings 20:3
Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.
Reflect: There are times we all forget. We forget what really counts and what really matters. There is a very important principle found all over the Bible. It has to do with remembering. Remembering is what Jesus had in mind His last night on earth when He first took the Passover cup and instituted communion as we know it today. He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
The Bible is full of promises God has made to us, His people. Promises He expects us to pray out in our circumstances. They remind us that God has spoken and He keeps His Word. When you pray remind God of His promises, Hezekiah reminded God in this prayer. In II Kings 20:1-5 King Hezekiah is terminally ill and he runs to God for help.
About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah…went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”
2 When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
4 But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, this message came to him from the Lord: 5 “Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the Lord.
Hezekiah is a great example of a praying person who reminded God of His situation. “Remember, O Lord” these words are more powerful than most of us would believe because they are packed full of faith. Remember God what you said, remember God what I did, remember God! God never forgets so this isn’t really about Him remembering, it is about us engaging in His promises and into His character as Hezekiah did. It is declaring “I trust you! Do something.”
In order to engage in His promises, we have to engage in His Word. It is there we find His promises. It is there you will find the answer you can take in prayer to Him and remind Him that you know His promises are for you today!
Holy Spirit, taking hold of a promise the Father has made and then reminding Him of it is not something I usually do. Help me to have the confidence and the faith to grab ahold of the Word and the promises I need today and then pray them back to Him.