Turned and Prayed

By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal

Isaiah 38:2

“Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,”

The verse above is the result of the preacher telling Hezekiah to set his house in order because God was about ready to take him to Heaven. The news of Hezekiah’s impending death caused him to turn his face and pray to the LORD. What is interesting about Hezekiah’s prayer is that it wasn’t a long prayer, but God still heard his prayer and answered it. His prayer was not an eloquent prayer, but God heard his prayer and granted his request. Hezekiah’s prayer was not answered because of how it was humanly packaged, but it was granted because of the earnestness of his heart towards God in asking for more years to live.

The answer to every problem in life is to turn and pray. The biggest reason you don’t get your prayers answered is simply because you don’t pray. James 4:2 says, “…ye have not, because ye ask not.” God doesn’t answer the prayer that is not prayed. Too many believers are more interested in getting pity from others than they are in getting the answer of prayer from God. God is still in the prayer-answering business; sadly, believers are more in the complaining business than they are in the prayer business.

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My friend, the answer to your problems in life is not to post your problems on social media, but your answer to life’s problems are to turn and pray. The answer to your health issues is not to do a search from internet search engines, but your answer to your health issues is to seek God’s favor in prayer. The answer to your financial problems are not found in begging people for money on internet giving platforms, but your answer to your financial problems are found by praying and asking God to help you out of your financial situation. Every problem in life could be solved if you would turn and pray.

To turn and pray means you must leave everything to go to God. You must turn from something in order to turn. In other words, turn from your sins and pray to God for His mercy in your situation. To let your sins make you feel too guilty about going to God for help is lunacy. God wants you to come to Him, and He knows you have done things that you should not have done. The simple answer to not letting your sins to keep you from praying is to turn from your sin to pray to God. Let me ask you, is your sin really worth your life continuing in your present situation? There is no sin that can be more enjoyable than God’s granting of your prayer. The answer is to turn from your sin and pray.

Moreover, you must turn from self-reliance to only relying on God in prayer. Stop trying to make everything work out. It is much easier to humble yourself and turn to God in prayer for the answer that you need. You have struggled long enough with your problems to no avail. What is it going to hurt for you to turn from yourself to God for the answer? You can continue to try and get the answers for your problems by yourself and fail, or you can turn to God in prayer who has the answers and is willing to help you if you will ask.

Furthermore, turn from every activity to pray. If you want God to answer your prayers, you must leave the worldly activities to get alone to pray. One of the biggest reasons people don’t get their prayers answered is because they are not willing to stop everything to pray. My friend, God will hear and answer your prayer if you will simply turn and pray.

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