4 lessons for us from Nehemiah’s prayer

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4. Persistent in purpose

“When I heard this, I sat down and cried and was sad for days. I did not eat and pray to the god of heaven. “(Nehemiah 1: 4)

“Listen to me and let your eyes be open. Hear the prayer of your servant, which I now pray to you day and night for the sons of Israel, your servants, and tell the sins of the sons of Israel that we sinned against you. “(Nehemiah 1: 6)

“O Lord, hear the prayer of your servant and the prayer of your servants who are happy to fear your name.” (Nehemiah 1:11)

Nehemiah was a prayer warrior. He prayed, repented, wept, fasted, and sought God’s help, strength, purpose, and power for four months. From the time he received the report of the ruins of the walls to the completion of the walls, he relied on God every step of the way.

God, through Nehemiah’s persistence in prayer, reveals that God strives to cooperate with us in our intentions and plans that are in accordance with His will. God strives to bless us through the power of prayer. While Nehemiah persisted in praying, God worked with and through him. As followers of Christ, we must approach the throne with the attitude we report as a duty when we pray because God wants to use our circumstances, our passions, and the things that weigh on our hearts for His purpose. We must be ready for God’s calling and action.

How can we apply the teachings of Nehemiah’s prayer to our own lives?

Nehemiah built the walls in 55 days while defying political opposition and internal turmoil. He later negotiated peace among the Jews over Persian taxes and became governor for a short time. The book of Nehemiah shows us the major impact an individual can have on a nation. It also shows us how to establish prayer, praise, and perseverance as we lean on God’s purpose for our lives. Although this tale happened thousands of years ago, it still holds true today. Nehemiah served in secular offices and used his position to rebuild a city. He used his leadership skills and faith in God to restore Jewish order, bring stability to people, and return their focus to their mighty God.

It doesn’t matter if you are a factory worker, mother, CEO, or entrepreneur – God uses all kinds of people in all possible places to change culture, revive hearts, and build His kingdom. God put you where you are for a purpose. God wants us to remind ourselves: “Whatever you do, in word and deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). Are you ready to see how the power of God works in and through you? Start praying!

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