Today, let's talk about prayer. Prayer is essential in your daily life. Key word: Daily. Prayer can do many things. When I pray it builds my faith and dependence on God. It feels good to dump all the things I'm concerned about on Someone who can actually fix me...and the issues. I don't always see immediate results to my prayers. I don't always get the answers I want. But God is listening and answering. His way. His time. And if I sit still long enough, I'll hear Him talk back. Through Scripture. Through ideas that come to mind. Many different ways.
Nehemiah was the king's cupbearer. He was a trusted servant to the king. And at this time, many were going back to Jerusalem to rebuild what had been torn and burned when God's people went into captivity.
Chapter 1 is a prayer over the situation. Nehemiah confesses his sin, the sin of his people, and humbly submits his requests to God. Here's just a portion:
O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”" Nehemiah 1:11
Nehemiah needs success. He's about to speak to the king and ask to go back to Jerusalem to help rebuild.
Because of prayer three things happened for Nehemiah:
1. Permission: Nehemiah was granted access, permission to accomplish God's will and to be used by God.