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“Then I prayed to the God of heaven …” Nehemiah 2:4b (NIV)
Have you had them? Difficult days. Have you lived days that faded one into another? Have you ever prayed, prayed, and prayed with no results and wondered “What have I done wrong? “
I would love to tell you that as I followed Nehemiah’s prescription for prayer, (Stop and Pray) my son’s educational struggles miraculously went away. And that as I prayed every obstacles he faced, physically and emotionally, were healed.
Yes, that is would I would love to say but I can’t. They didn’t disappear. They were healed.
I prayed and the difficult days continued.
Ten years later, we still face the same issues. However after ten years of praying I am educated in the best ways to help him. Prayer has connected my heart to God creating an intimacy with God I otherwise would not have known. This intimacy given me discernment in making decisions that are wise and good for my son. Sometimes prayer changes us not our circumstances.
Other nations surrounded Jerusalem in effort to intimidate the rebuilding of the wall. Stirring of trouble arose among the Israelites as the threats discouraged their progress. Nehemiah faced personal attacks. The intimidation, threats, and personal attack had no effect on Nehemiah. His response was always the same: “I prayed.”
Nehemiah’s prayers weren’t full of big words. They weren’t long dissertations. He didn’t stop and run to his prayer closet. He simply stopped and prayed then went back to work. He did it so long and so often that it became second nature.
What is our take away? No matter what comes our way stop and pray. In word— SAP. Pray this way until it becomes second nature.
Have you ever heard God give you an assignment but lacked the confidence to say yes? Maybe you even offered excuses for your unwillingness and argued with God about your lack of qualifications. Then you and I are in good company. Me, you, and Moses. God gave Moses an assignment, “ Go to Eypt.Free my […][Continue reading...]