Let us look at the last section of verses for Chapter 1 of Nehemiah and his prayer he prayed. Nehemiah 1:8-11 - “Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, `If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.” “They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. “O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.” Now I was the cupbearer to the king.
We see a number of things here in these verses and one is that Nehemiah was a man who knew the Word. He not only knew the Word but He prayed it back to God. We need to be a people like we talked about a few weeks ago who go to God and claim His promises. There is much power in praying the Word of God and the promises of God back to Him.
We also see here that Nehemiah went boldly before the throne of God. He asked God to give him the plans and then to bless those plans – which God later does. You might wonder why was he so bold in doing this, it was because He knew he was praying back to God a promise that God made. God is someone who always fulfills his promises!
What we are seeing here is that Nehemiah’s full desire was not to make himself great or even known but it was to accomplish the will of God. Nehemiah wanted to see God take over the situation and do something great. Nehemiah knows that success only comes from God. He knew that going to God in prayer was the only way that there was going to be real and last change.
We see a prayer here of Nehemiah that is short but powerful. We see a prayer here that serves as an example for all because it is set us all on the right focuses. This prayer has the focus: on who God is, on needing God’s direction, on Confession, on God’s Word, and the moving to accomplish Gods will.
Remember this, those who talk to God the most usually hear God the best. Prayer shows our dependence on God, what are you depending on God to do? What are you depending on God to do in your life, in Church, in our County? Are you willing to pray and seek God and take whatever action he calls you to?
Nehemiah prayed and then later in the book we see that he took action. We need to pray but then take action.
Have you ever struggle with wanting yourself to be known over God being known?
****Next week is one of my two vacation weeks so I will be hit or miss on blogging and commenting. Doing some family things in the area then headed to spend time with my brother and his family.