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February 12, 2008

As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father's house have sinned.”

--Nehemiah 1:4-6

Nehemiah was such a great example of a leader. He was able to expose and identify problems, he was able to accept his responsibility, and most importantly, he always sought the Lord in prayer before he made a move.

It’s been said that when life sweeps you off your feet, get on your knees. And that’s exactly what Nehemiah did. When he was swept off his feet by the solemn news of what was happening in the city of Jerusalem, he got on his face before God. 

Before he could do anything, Nehemiah knew that he had to first pray. And that should be our reaction as well. In fact, I believe the reason most major goals are never achieved is because we spend our time doing second things first…instead of doing the first thing first, and that’s to pray! 

Nehemiah…the leader…understood that he was required to do the first thing first, and the first thing was to pray to the God of heaven.

Why is prayer so important to be an effective leader? Because it’s in prayer that we surrender and align our will with the will of God. It’s in prayer that we get our marching orders and we get our strategies. And it’s in prayer that God leads us and helps us to know what we’re to do. 

Nehemiah prayed to the God of heaven…to our great and awesome, covenant-keeping, promise-keeping God. And in 52 short days, the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt!

Perhaps today you’re trying to rebuild your marriage…or your business…or even your reputation. Whatever you’re trying to rebuild, remember to follow the leadership example of Nehemiah: Identify the problem or the need, accept responsibility, and then seek the God of heaven in prayer!


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