May 1 – Isaiah
In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
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.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
7 “‘This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: 8 I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.’” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.
9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I said, “In the prime of my life
You Hear and See | Becky Newman
King Hezekiah is gravely sick, and Isaiah delivers the word from God that he will die soon. In Hezekiah’s anguish, he turns humbly to God, cries out, and weeps. Verse 5 is God’s response to this prayer.
You are the God of David, of Hezekiah, and of me. You hear every one of my prayers and You see each tear, even the ones I hold in and don’t let fall. Your response is always for me and never against me, lining me up along Your perfect will and plan. And I’m thankful that I can hear from You directly and not have to got through a mediator/prophet.
Lord, thank You for always responding to my prayers, to grow me in the direction of Your will, to hear me, to see me, to love me. Help me to better hear and see Your responses to my prayers so that I can give You all the glory.
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