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Praise the LORD and pray in his name!

-Chronicles 16:8

I was in terrible trouble when I called out to you, but from your temple you heard me and answered my prayer.

-Psalm 18:6

Cry out to me, and I will answer you. I will tell you great and mysterious things that you do not know.

-Jeremiah 33:3

The Lord will save everyone who asks for his help.

-Acts 2:21

Hezekiah trusted the LORD God of Israel. No other king of Judah was like Hezekiah, either before or after him. He was completely faithful to the LORD and obeyed the laws the LORD had given to Moses for the people.

-2 Kings 18:5-6

After Hezekiah had read the note from the king of Assyria, he took it to the temple and spread it out for the LORD to see. He prayed: LORD God of Israel, your throne is higher than the angels. You created the heavens and the earth, and you alone rule the kingdoms of this world. Turn your ear toward me, LORD, and listen. Open your eyes, LORD, and see. Listen to the message that Sennacherib sent to defy the living God. It is true, our LORD, that Assyrian kings have turned nations into deserts. They destroyed the idols of wood and stone that the people of those nations had made and worshiped. But you are our LORD and our God! We ask you to keep us safe from the Assyrian king. Then everyone in every kingdom on earth will know that you are the only God. Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent a message to Hezekiah, "This is what the LORD God of Israel says: You prayed to me about King Sennacherib of Assyria. I have heard you.

-2 Kings 19:14-20

Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the LORD says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”  When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.  Before Isaiah got to the middle courtyard of the palace, the LORD sent him back to Hezekiah with this message: Hezekiah, you are the ruler of my people, and I am the LORD God, who was worshiped by your ancestor David. I heard you pray, and I saw you cry. I will heal you, so that three days from now you will be able to worship in my temple.

-2 Kings 20:1-5

1. For a great prayer life matters.

 “Physical posture is an important part of prayer. It’s like a prayer within a prayer. Posture is to prayer as tone is to communication. If words are what you say, then posture is how you say it….physical postures help posture our hearts and minds.”

-Mark Batterson

a. will keep God from responding to my prayers.

The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead.

-Psalm 10:4

When you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

-James 1:6-7

b. will keep God from responding to
my prayers.

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

-James 4:3

c. will keep God from responding to
     my prayers.

Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

-Isaiah 59:2

If I hold onto sin in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

-Psalm 66:18

God cannot stand the prayers of anyone who disobeys his Law.

-Proverbs 28:9

d. will keep God from responding to my prayers.

 If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

-Matthew 5:23-24

When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

-Mark 11:25

If you are a husband, you should be thoughtful of your wife. Treat her with honor, because she isn't as strong as you are, and she shares with you in the gift of life. Then nothing will stand in the way of your prayers.

-1 Peter 3:7

Look deep into my heart, God, and find out everything I am thinking. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

-Psalm 139:23-24

2. For a great prayer life matters.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

-1 John 5:14-15

To discuss during the week with your family, Life Group, or Campus.

1. Reflect on a recent challenge or crisis you faced. Did you bring this to God in prayer? What can you learn from Hezekiah to improve the next time?

2. What is a situation this week where you can totally trust God in prayer for?

3. Which scripture most spoke to you in this message?

4. What else stood out to you in this message?

5. What next step is Jesus asking you to take as a result of this