Pray at the House of God
Have you ever asked your church, the House of God, “Say a prayer for me,” but have not taken that prayer to the House of God yourself? Are both your legs broken? Are you too sick to leave your house? Do you work during the hour of prayer at the House of God? If you are able, why not take your own prayer to your own church at the time of prayer for your church? This story is for you.
The King asks the Prophet to pray:
“Offer a prayer for the few people who are left.”
The King asked the Prophet to say a little prayer for him. God gives the King a wonderful answer to prayer through the Prophet because God is gracious, loving and kind.
But God’s answer does not help the King’s heart! Why? Because the Prophet’s prayer, lovely as it was, was not the King’s own prayer. The King did not lay his own heart bare before God in the House of God. Something at that time was more important to the king than prayer in the House of God.
At last, the King prays for himself in God’s House:
Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. Hezekiah prayed to the LORD saying…[the prayer follows].
Finally, God Answers the King’s prayer:
Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria…[God’s awesome answer to the King’s prayer follows.]
Now the heart of the King is helped. Now God’s answer to prayer is glorious, beyond all that he might ask or think. God touches the heart of the king, and he is helped.
What changed? The King no longer asked someone, “Please, say a little prayer for me.” The king put his own heart in the game. The king went to the House of God himself and prayed for himself. Then God helped the King’s heart and answered his prayer.
The lesson is clear:
If you are able to come to the House of God, the Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Support of the Truth (1 Timothy 3:15) to stand before God for yourself, and you do not; how important is that prayer request you want others to pray for you? God often answers the prayers of others who are doing your work for you, but your own heart will not be helped. You need your heart in the game. Men and women who are at the House of God at the hour of prayer are sacrificing their lives because something is more important to them than a good night of sleep or a sports activity. For them life is Jesus Christ, and their hearts are helped.