“Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants and you humbled yourself before me and you tore your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord” (II Chronicles 34:27).
The prayer made by King Josiah was a prayer of humbleness and modesty; a prayer of tears and cry. God answered that prayer. The reason is that God is not only merciful towards the humble but also He listens to their prayer.
So, when you pray, humble yourself before coming into the presence of God. Renounce your loftiness and pride. What are we before God? What has God told about this? “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land”(II Chronicle 7:14).
The answer has not come for your prayer for a very long time and why is God silent? All your thoughts are over “I have not been saved from this particular issue, the marriage of my children is being delayed, my children have been educated well but there is no matching employment for them’ and so on. For a minute, examine yourself. Have you lowered yourself before God to the extent it should have been done? Have you come to God with a broken and a contrite heart? Think of how humble the saints of God came to His presence?
Once God saw King Josiah humbling himself before Him, He promised: “Your eyes will not see the calamity and your end will be near.” Yes. When you too submit in prayer with humility God shall definitely not the one to go away, ignoring your tears. Your broken heart and spirit will melt the heart of God.
That day, God who noticed the humbleness and tears of King Hezekiah answered him through His prophet: “I have seen your tears; I have heard your prayers. You will be healed. You shall go up to the house of the Lord.” Not only that. He added fifteen years to his lifespan. When you humble yourself, God will shower His goodness upon you and will take away all sickness from you. He is the greatest doctor among the doctors and He will do wonders for you.
A Pharisee and a tax collector came to a temple to pray. The Pharisee’s prayer reflected his pride over his devotions, fasts and tithes. At the same time, the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ God happily sent this man to his house justified.
To meditate: “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honour and life” (Proverbs 22:4).