Nehemiah 1:4 “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven”
God has chosen to move through our prayers to accomplish things that would not have happened through any other means.
As we seek God’s presence, He gives us light for the direction ahead and makes his ultimate purpose known for us.
Many Christians struggle with spending time in prayer because they have been taught and believe that God would have them doing something.
In Scripture, it is seen that prayer is doing something yet it is hard for us as believers to grasp that reality because we think that being still is seen as being…
- and inactive.
So, the question today is this…
When do you pray and when do you do something?
Today, We can take a lesson from Nehemiah… He had heard devastating news from his hometown and the Bible tells us in Nehemiah 1:4 that that he…
Soon the weeping was over.
The reality of the situation had set in and he no longer mourned
The fasting went away
The one thing he did not stop doing was praying… Vs. 5-11
The Bible tells us that he prayed the prayer
- Day & Night (1:6)
and went about his business, but what we can know is that this prayer remained on his heart because the Bible makes it clear that his countenance changed… 2:1&2
What we also know is that 4 months later after watching his cup bearer, the king was done… 2:1&2 He wanted answers and little did Nehemiah know is that this king who could make heads roll would also be the answer to the prayer that Nehemiah was praying…
I don’t believe that Nehemiah saw this coming in this way in an answer from the God of heaven. God declares in Proverbs 8:15 “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.”
You see when we reach to the heaven… Prayer is ACTION!
So, we take time to pray and then we walk at God’s pace. Walking at God’s pace does not exclude action but prayer should always precede action.
- We pray
- We Wait
- We Act…
Never a reverse of this order because if it is then we are doing it by our own strength.
So, in our life we need to make prayer a priority…
Prayer not only preceded action, it really is action of the highest kind because it gives God priority… The priority He deserves.
Prayer is not just a matter of ‘making time’ for God; it is the realization that all of our time is in His hands
Learning to give prayer the highest priority takes time. We have to learn to pray day by day.
Evan Roberts, a blacksmith and a minister in the early 1900’s, prayed “Oh Lord Bend Me”, what a picture he painted as the metal was put to the heat and forged on the anvil. Taking more time to pray can be like that. God working with our will and bending us in a new and different direction but over time if we allow it we now find new peace and strength because of the trust we have in God.
Prayer is the work that changes the world.
Prayer is the tool that God uses to change us and take us to places of grace that we never thought attainable.
When we pray we remove ourselves from the situation and place God there.
This week and in the weeks to come let us allow God the pleasure of being placed in that situation…