In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, ‘This is what the LORD says: put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.’
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, ‘Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.’ And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: ‘Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, “This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.”
2 Kings 20:1-6 (NIV)
Even though Hezekiah could have allowed his illness to debilitate him, he didn’t give in even after Isaiah told him he would die. I’m not sure I would have reacted to the news in the way Hezekiah did. He prayed and wept bitterly and as a result he was given 15 years extra to live.
I can’t explain why God chooses to prolong some people’s lives, while others appear to have their lives cut short. What I do know is that God hears our prayers and sees our tears. While there is no magic formula available for gaining God’s healing, he wants us to be open and honest with him. So if you or a close family member are facing a major health crisis, it is perfectly natural to come to God with tears. Rest assured that God sees your tears.