So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. - Nehemiah 1:4 NKJV
Nehemiah was heartbroken over the news that his people, the Israelites, were in "great distress and reproach." (Ne 1:3) The city wall of Jerusalem was broken down, and so were the floodgates for Nehemiah's tears. The situation compelled him to pray and fast for answers. As a result, new history was made.
I admire the compassion Nehemiah had for his people. I also admire his reliance upon God for comfort and guidance. Additionally, Nehemiah provides an excellent example of intercessory prayer and its power to impart change. We find out later on in the book of Nehemiah how God answered his prayer and eventually enabled Jerusalem's wall to be rebuilt under Nehemiah's leadership.
How do you respond when crisis strikes? Do you immediately turn to God in prayer or do you take matters into your own hands? We can all learn a lesson about prayer from Nehemiah. Prayer works. Especially when we pray God's very words back to Him.
1) What is it that I am most broken for?
2) Upon whom do I rely on for comfort in times of distress?
3) What can I do to strengthen my prayer life?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.