NEHEMIAH’S PATTERN

Nehemiah 1:1-11

“O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cupbearer. Nehemiah 1:11

Nehemiah received word about the city of Jerusalem and how it had been ravaged by war. Jerusalem’s walls lay in ruins. In Old Testament times, the walls surrounding a city were extremely important. They were formidable means of protection from enemy attack. Any hope Jerusalem had for future survival depended on getting its walls put back in place. The thought of Jerusalem being open with no way of defense caused Nehemiah to cry out to God.

From the moment Nehemiah heard of Jerusalem’s fare, he set his heart on seeking God for a solution. He was read, if necessary, to return to the city and work on the walls.

Most of us know Nehemiah’s story. God granted him favor in the king’s presence. He returned to Jerusalem to lead in the rebuilding of the city’s walls. The crucial point in this story is found in the prayers of Nehemiah. He held nothing back before God. He was honest about his love and desire for the city. There was a brokenness within his heart that God could not resist.

Do you want God to use you? Follow the pattern of Nehemiah. Humble yourself and confess your need to Him. Then be willing to go when He opens the door. God blesses those who are willing to be used by Him.

Lord, I love You. I am willing to go where You open the door as long as You go with me.

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