We are all going to die sometime, but we don’t want to die until we’re old and worn out. Hezekiah, who was king of Judah, was sick, and had a boil; it is likely that he was only in his forties. Isaiah told him that he was going to die; but Hezekiah wept and prayed, and God sent word to Isaiah to tell him that he had heard his prayer and that he would live fifteen more years. He also told him that he needed to take a cake of figs, and lay it on the boil so he could recover. The wheels of my mind begin turning, and wondering what kind of vitamins and nutrients are in figs that could help heal a boil; it also made me realize that sometimes healing requires that we take certain steps, and responsibility. God was going to heal him, but he must also do his part. We cannot neglect to seek the assistance of a doctor when we are sick, but we must first go to the Lord in prayer for ourselves, trust God, and believe in his power. It won’t always work like it did with Hezekiah, he still died eventually, but to have another chance at life is worth every sincere prayer, and tear that you may shed. Reach out to the Lord first, and let him guide your steps as you seek medical attention. Who knows, he may link you to the perfect doctor to take your case, and you may find healing like Hezekiah did. Don’t let the sun set on your life without going before the Lord in prayer.
“Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD, and I will add fifteen years to your life. ... ” And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.” 1 Kings 20:5-7