When we were still young our teachers used to tell us to face the wall as a way of punishing us for our wrongdoings in the classroom. Our parents used to demand that we do the same when we had broken the house rules. We always take it as an inconvenient punishment because facing the wall always comes along with closing our eyes and raising up our hands. When we face the wall, it means our back is facing the world. It means that we are temporarily cut off from our regular and normal activities with our friends and our playmates. When we face the wall, we are forced to look inward and reflect upon our actions so that we can effect necessary changes. All these methods of correction, by the people who have authority over us have one way or the other molded and shaped us to become better and responsible individuals today.
One thing we certainly knew was that no one asked us to face the wall when we did nothing wrong. Something that is not proper, something unusual that manifest in our lives or in our behaviors always leads to ‘face the wall’ experience. In the same manner, something unusual happened to a king. A renown prophet, a prominent man of God, Prophet Isaiah came to tell the king that he should set his house in order because he would surely died. The king did not rebuke the man of God and did not exhibit any resentment against him. “Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD.” (Isaiah 38:2) On his own accord, he voluntarily faced the wall to recount and to reflect upon his life before the Lord in prayer. He entered into a serious passionate pleas with the Creator while in humility he presented his petitions in prayer before Him.
When a king of a nation is facing the wall like this, it means he shut his doors against the important people in his life in order that he may enter into a serious dialogue with the Heavenly God in prayer. It means he had sum up courage to wait in fasting and in prayer before God to plead his case. It means the king had poured ashes upon himself as a way of humbling self before God as he was trying to show a strong reason why he should not die now. “Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons” (Isaiah 41:21)
Perhaps you are wondering why the king chose to face the wall, the secret can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” No wonder the mercy of God prevailed in the life of King Hezekiah and God added another fifteen years to his life after he faced the wall. “Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” (Isaiah 38:5) If you do not like what is going on in your life, in the life of your family, in your community and in your world, the secret had been reveal to you today. Face the wall with humility of heart and plead with God to change the tide of events around you. The mercy of God will prevail and He will heal your land.
Prayer: O Lord, endow me with the spirit of prayer that I may plead my cause and bring my strong reasons before You so that Your mercy will prevail in the situation of my life and in the situation of the people around me, in Jesus name.