March 10, 2018
Making a List
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. – Isaiah 37:14
To help organize my time, I am in the habit of making lists. A grocery list starts when I see we are getting low on an item that is used often. I add the weekly specials, and I depend upon that list when I get to the grocery store. I also make a “day list” each morning to remind me of the chores I would like to take care of that day.
On her calendar, my daughter-in-law keeps a list of appointments, birthdays, and other special times, and she saves it for a diary of memories.
Many people keep a running prayer list. My personal prayer list includes names of family members who are not saved, friends who need to meet Jesus, missions, government leaders, requests for guidance in making decisions, healings, and many other prayer needs.
A prayer list is important. The older you get, the longer the list grows. First, it is just the needs of you and your spouse. Then children join the family, and they keep you on your knees often. Just when you think they have grown up and you no longer have so much to pray about, they get married, and you add the new in-laws to your list, and then the grandchildren. So the prayer list grows, and it should. The world needs our prayers.
The problem with the prayer list for me is that I cannot remember all those on my list. I cannot see the list without my glasses, and do not feel I can pray fervently with my glasses on! Then I discovered today’s focus verse in Isaiah. Hezekiah went up to the house of prayer, and laid the letter out before the Lord. Hezekiah needed the Lord to deliver the Children of Israel in a battle against the Assyrian army. As you read farther into that chapter, you discover that God answered Hezekiah’s request.
We can do the same as Hezekiah did, laying our lists before the Lord, and God will answer our prayers as well. We still need to pray specifically for those we can remember, but then include the whole list in our requests and ask God to consider all the needs that we have placed before Him. God will see and work on each one. Then, we can add to our list of answered prayers!