4. Persistent in His Purpose
“When I heard this, I sat down and cried and was filled with sorrow for days. I did not eat, and I prayed to the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:4)
“listen to me and let Your eyes be open. Hear the prayer of Your servant which I now pray to You day and night for the sons of Israel Your servants, telling the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You.” (Nehemiah 1:6)
“O Lord, hear the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who are happy to fear Your name.” (Nehemiah 1:11)
Nehemiah was a prayer warrior. He prayed, repented, wept, fasted, and sought God’s help, strength, purpose, and power for four months. From the time he received the report about the walls being in ruin until the completion of the walls—he relied on God every step of the way.
God reveals through Nehemiah’s persistence in prayer that God is eager to partner with us in our purpose and plans that align with His will. God is eager to bless us through the power of prayer. So, while Nehemiah persistently prayed, God was working with him and through him. As Christ-followers, we must approach the throne with the mindset we are reporting for duty when we pray because God wants to use our circumstances, passion, and the things that burden our heart for His purpose. We need to be ready for God’s call and act.
How Can We Apply the Lessons from Nehemiah’s Prayer to Our Own Lives?
Nehemiah built the walls in 55 days while opposing political opposition and inner turmoil. Later he negotiated peace among the Jews over Persian taxes and became Governor for a short time. The book of Nehemiah shows us the kind of significant impact one individual can have on a nation. It also shows us how we are to posture ourselves prayer, praise, and persistence when we lean into God’s purpose for our lives. Even though this narrative happened thousands of years ago, it still applies today. Nehemiah served in secular offices and used his position to rebuild a city. He used his leadership skills and his faith in God to restore Jewish order, provide stability for the people and bring restored their focus on their mighty God.
It doesn’t matter if you are a factory worker, a mom, a CEO, or an entrepreneur—God uses all kinds of people in all kinds of places to change the culture, revive hearts, and build His Kingdom. God has placed you where you are for a purpose. God wants us to remember: “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17). Are you ready to see the power of God work in and through you? Start praying!
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