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The prayer connection!

Scripture reading for May 8th: Nehemiah 1-2

Sometimes prayer is used as an excuse for doing nothing.  “I’ll pray about it” is an easy answer when asked to serve in a ministry or do a project.   I have used it myself!  But, as we pray, God moves on our heart and turns us to do His will!  (Psalm 37:4) This leads to exciting open doors and God’s provision!

Nehemiah was an Israelite who was cup bearer to the king of Persia.  He held a position of trust and was a close adviser and bodyguard for the king.  He heard a report from those who had returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.  They told  him how the work was at a standstill, the walls were broken down, and the gates were burned with fire.  He began to weep, fast, and pray before the God of heaven.  (Nehemiah 1:4-11)  Nehemiah prayed and confessed the sins of his own people.  He reminded God of His covenant with Moses to bring the people back if they would call on Him.  He asked for favor to approach the king. (Psalm 5:11-12)

As he was doing his job before the king, God opened the king’s heart to ask him about his sad countenance.  Nehemiah again prayed quietly and answered the king.  He asked for help in rebuilding Jerusalem and it’s walls.  God granted him favor and his prayers were answered. (Nehemiah 2:7-9)  Prayer often activates faith that brings action.  Note that Nehemiah continued to pray about everything and there are 10 recorded prayers in this short book!

Is there something that really moves your heart with pity?  Is there a need that you see or an injustice that is calling to you for help?  Why not begin praying and fasting and opening your heart to the Lord about that situation?  As you do, be open for action to bring about change, healing, or a godly answer.  The Lord wants to move our hearts through prayer to godly work.  The result will be a joyous celebration when we realize what the Lord has accomplished as we prayed and worked!  In the end, Nehemiah had rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days!

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