As I sat with my husband in the temple today, reading through the scriptures, I came across 2 Kings, Chapter 20, which included a story that was of special interest to me under my present circumstances:
1 - In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
2 - Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
3 - I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
4 - And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
5 - Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
6 - And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
A man was appointed unto death, and instead receives a fifteen year extension of life from the Lord. The Lord heard his prayers and saw his tears, and healed him.
My own efforts to petition the Lord might as well be called "Project Hezekiah"! I am hopeful and prayerful that the Lord will hear my prayers and see my tears, and heal me. An extension of any time would be most welcome.