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Bad News

In those days, Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord.

2 Kings 20:1-2

Lately, I have been praying for many people dealing with serious challenges. Every week, I get more and more prayer requests from people who unexpectedly received bad news. Many Christians are surprised when they get such news as if somehow we are exempt from them. Sadly, that is not the case.

The Bible tells us that King Hezekiah received one of the worse news someone can get. He was about to die, and God told him he would not recover from his illness. Those are severe news. What inspires me from Hezekiah’s situation is that even though God was telling him that there was no chance for him to live, Hezekiah still prayed, and that prayer saved his life.

That, my friends, teaches us that we should always keep our faith. While there is breath left in us, our situation can still change. No matter what we face, on this side of eternity, we are always candidates for miracles if we pray. It is normal to react in fear when we get bad news, but please do not allow fear to take root in your heart—combat fear with prayer.

Because of Hezekiah’s prayer, God allowed him to live fifteen more years. What do you think would have happened if Hezekiah had not prayed? I am sure he would have gotten his house in order and missed fifteen years of experience on the throne and life with his family.

My friends, prayer works. We might not be able to avoid challenges, but we can face those challenges with prayer. Every promise in the Bible is available to us. Do not take bad news as the last word for a situation. Bad news are only the starting point of God’s next miracle and the beginning of your new testimony. For God’s people, bad news are just an opportunity to pray.

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