The Church more than ever needs profound convictions of the vast importance of prayer in prosecuting the work committed to it. More praying must be done and better praying if the Church shall be able to perform the difficult, delicate and responsible task given to it by her Lord and Master. Defeat awaits a non-praying Church. Success is sure to follow a Church given to much prayer. The supernatural element in the Church, without which it must fail, comes only through praying. More time, in this busy bustling age, must be given to prayer by a God-called Church. More thought must be given to prayer in this thoughtless, silly age of superficial religion. More heart and soul must be in the praying that is done if the Church would go forth in the strength of her Lord and perform the wonders which is her heritage by Divine promise. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
It would have been better if Hezekiah had accepted God’s pronouncement. God granted him another fifteen years of life, during which time his son Manasseh was born – a man whose wickedness was so great that he was called an “abomination before the Lord.” Do not be afraid to accept God’s decrees. While your human desires may be granted they will never be superior to God’s perfect plan.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was a renowned Bible commentator. He was born in Wales and was educated under the tutelage of his father, a Nonconformist minister.