**Here is a repost from when this whole thing was just getting started (just a few days before I started my first chemo cycle), I first posted this December 1st 2009; and I just wanted to note that this cry and prayer to the LORD by myself and all of you guys has been answered (the tumor is gone and so is the cancer!). I wanted to add one more prayer request: I really need prayer for my feet (they are hurting me quite a bit, just pray for a speedy recovery in this regard; and then of course that the cancer will never come back — just that we will experience the peace of the LORD even and especially in this recovery time). Anyway, here’s that repost, I really like the prayer of Hezekiah:


I’ve been praying like Hezekiah; interestingly the disease, the deadly “boil” he was stricken with sounds very similar to the kind of thing I have (I looked up the description of his boil). I am not saying that every circumstance between Hezekiah and myself is the same, but that I can certainly resonate with his situation; and I am crying out to the LORD for the same kind of healing (albeit I would prefer more than 15 yrs, as the LORD tarries 😉 ). Here is what Hezekiah said:

10 I said,

“ In the prime of my life
I shall go to the gates of Sheol;
I am deprived of the remainder of my years.”
11 I said,

“ I shall not see YAH,
The LORD[a] in the land of the living;
I shall observe man no more among the inhabitants of the world.[b]
12 My life span is gone,
Taken from me like a shepherd’s tent;
I have cut off my life like a weaver.
He cuts me off from the loom;
From day until night You make an end of me.
13 I have considered until morning—
Like a lion,
So He breaks all my bones;
From day until night You make an end of me.
14 Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered;
I mourned like a dove;
My eyes fail from looking upward.
O LORD,[c] I am oppressed;
Undertake for me!
15 “ What shall I say?
He has both spoken to me,[d]
And He Himself has done it.
I shall walk carefully all my years
In the bitterness of my soul.
16 O Lord, by these things men live;
And in all these things is the life of my spirit;
So You will restore me and make me live.
17 Indeed it was for my own peace
That I had great bitterness;
But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption,
For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
18 For Sheol cannot thank You,
Death cannot praise You;
Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.
19 The living, the living man, he shall praise You,
As I do this day;
The father shall make known Your truth to the children.
20 “ The LORD was ready to save me;
Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments
All the days of our life, in the house of the LORD.”

21 Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it as a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover.”
22 And Hezekiah had said, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?”

I am being assured by the LORD, and I am believing that He has been speaking, that He will extend my life as well. As I read the passage above, verse 14 probably is the one that most resonates with me; this is an exhausting experience, but one that continues to be met with God’s grace — which is inclusive of all your prayers and encouragement. I never thought I might have something in common with Hezekiah, I never thought His prayer would become my personal cry; but it has! The difference between Hezekiah and myself, that I am hoping for, is that I will finish strong (like Paul); and not finish life like Hezekiah who seemed to become very egocentric, and self-consumed (which astounds me, given the grace He received from the LORD). Please join me in praying like Hezekiah.