At the start of the year, I shared a post called “A Simple Prayer,” which offered up a Bible verse that could easily be repurposed by us today when we pray. I came across another such verse in my recent biblical travels, and thought I’d mention it here:
If you’re not familiar with the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall, I encourage you to read or listen to the book (I use the YouVersion Bible app) when you get a chance. It’s a remarkable story that I’ll summarize below, without giving away the plot, so to speak:
- Nehemiah was a godly man.
- Nehemiah was more concerned about the well-being of others than for his own comfort.
- Because of #1 and #2, Nehemiah recognized that God placed him into a job that would allow him to help others in need – but the choice was his.
- Nehemiah was wise, and he prayed a lot. Sometimes he prayed long, other times he prayed short. What’s clear is that he sought the Lord’s direction consistently.
- Because of #4, Nehemiah was patient, choosing to wait for the right time to act, rather than getting ahead of God’s timetable.
- Due to #3, #4, and #5, Nehemiah took a great risk for God, and the Lord responded miraculously – going far beyond his own initial expectations.
- Even though #6 happened, due to #3 and #4, Nehemiah already had a plan in place, so that when the miracle happened, he knew what God wanted him to do next. ➡️ Think on that for a moment!
- Nehemiah faced great opposition. His character was impugned, his reputation assassinated, and he also had to do without many of the material comforts he had previously enjoyed.
- Nehemiah kept on praying.
- God worked a great miracle for many people, due to one godly man, willing to respond to the burden that the Lord placed on his heart.
Prayer is powerful – even simple, heartfelt ones, like “Remember me, O my God, for good.” God remembered Nehemiah for good (despite the opposition he faced), and the Lord remembers us, too! 💛