Read Nehemiah 1 -- 3
Nehemiah's prayer for
When Nehemiah's relative Hanani arrived in
When King Artaxerxes asked why he was so sad, Nehemiah told him that it was because the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchers (tombs), lies waste (2:1-3). The king graciously responded by appointing him governor over
Three basic characteristics made Nehemiah's efforts a success. First was his desire to do the will of God (see 1:4-11). This led him to leave the luxury and security of living in the king's palace in
Second, he not only fasted and prayed, but he confessed: We. . . have not kept the Commandments (1:4-11). He recognized that obedience to the Word of God is essential to answered prayer.
Third, he was determined to persuade his people to join him in rebuilding the walls, regardless of opposition. Sanballat and his crowd expressed their hostility to Nehemiah, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us (2:19). Their ridicule then turned to slander as they falsely accused him: Will you rebel against the king? (2:19). In addition, some of
Nehemiah refused to become discouraged and give up because he knew that accomplishing the will of God is dependent upon acknowledging Him as Sovereign over the affairs of our lives. Be content with such things as you have: for He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me (Hebrews 13:5-6).
Through Nehemiah's prayer for his people (Nehemiah 1:4-11). Christ also prayed for His own throughout the ages, which includes us today (John 17:20).
1:5 terrible = awesome; 2:2 countenance = face; 2:7 convey me over = allow me to pass; 2:20 no portion = no part or property; 3:19 turning = corner; 3:23 over against = in front of; 3:25 lieth out = extends from.
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Thessalonians 4:3