1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’” 2 Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (2 Kings 20:1-3)
Hezekiah prayed….when difficulties surrounded him
Hezekiah prayed….when he was sick
Hezekiah was a man who prayed and was heard.
At that time Berodach-Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. (2 Kings 20:12)
“The sun – which was their god – had honoured Hezekiah; therefore they were sent to honour him too with a visit and a present.” According to Josephus (The Antiquities of the Jews, Book X, Chapter 2:2) the purpose of the visit was to secure Hezekiah as an ally against an anti-Assyrian coalition.
So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?” (2 Kings 20:19)
I heard the Lord say, “Don’t seek for peace only in your days but also in the days to come of your children and their children.”
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…(Proverbs 13:22)
Lord Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Every one of us must leave an inheritance of peace to the people after us. A selfish man only thinks about his peace.