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Nehemiah 9: 27-28 ” But when they were oppressed they cried out to You. From heaven You heard them, and in Your great compassion You gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies. But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in Your sight.”

We humans have such short memories.  When life is going well…we put God in the corner – kind of like disaster insurance…there just in case we need it.   And when we get ourselves in trouble, we call out to Him for help…only to quickly forget again when life quiets down.  This roller coaster ride isn’t what God desires for us.  He wants to be our focus in good times and bad…in happiness and sadness…in calm and chaos.

Nehemiah 8:9 ” This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep. For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the Words of the Law.”

The Words of the Lord are powerful. They convict and lay bare the sin in our life and cause Godly sorrow.  This Godly sorrow leads to brokenness and repentance.  For every time we listen to the Word being spoken, it’s an  opportunity for the Lord to change us.

Nehemiah 8:2-3 ” So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. “

The Israelites had gathered together and asked Ezra to read the Law.  Many had never heard the reading of the Word, for they had been born and raised in Babylonian captivity.  The Lord had been faithful in rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem…He had miraculously  aided them in rebuilding the crumbled walls…but now it was time to rebuild His people.  The  Lord is wanting to rebuild His people again…to reclaim, restore, and re-establish  Believers for His glory.  Now is the time for you to break off the chains of captivity and allow God to begin a new rebuilding project in you.

Nehemiah 6: 15-16 ” So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. “

In only 52 days the wall around Jerusalem was rebuilt, securing it from enemy attack.  Despite everything their enemies attempted to do to dissuade and intimidate them, the wall was made strong.  In less than 2 months time,  the people of Jerusalem had done something of super-human ability… and their enemies realized this.  Nothing will ever stand in the way of God’s plan…not people…not circumstances…not anything.  And this will render the enemy fearful and  in awe of God’s great power.

James 2:17 ” In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. “

Prayer is good…action is good, but the Lord wants us to do both together in wisdom.  In Nehemiah 4: 8-9 it says, “They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.  But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to met this threat.”  Prayer will give you God’s vision.  It will give you courage and resolve to move out in discernment and a clearer understanding of the problem you face.  Prayer is good…action is good, but they need to go hand in hand to be the most effective.

Nehemiah 2:4 ” The King said to me, ‘What is it you want?’ Then I prayed to the God of heaven and I answered the King…”

King Artaxerxes asked Nehemiah what he wanted…but before he responded, Nehemiah prayed.  It could be called an “as we go” prayer.  This type of supplication doesn’t need to be long… just the length of a deep breath. It doesn’t need to be in depth…a simple “Give me wisdom,  Lord!” will suffice.  The Lord is with us always…His presence there in the middle of all situations…so why don’t we take a moment to seek His guidance before blurting out something we may later regret.

Nehemiah 1:4 ” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”

Nehemiah’s tears were for the ruined city of Jerusalem. His burden for it was immense,  for the Lord had laid on him the obligation and passion to rebuild the walls.  A burden is a faithful focus of prayer over a long length of time…personal burdens being for family and children.   But God also burdens us with other outside issues…things that when we hear about them, we react and ask,  “What can I  do God?”  But the problem arises when we react to everything…and our efforts become scattered and ineffective.  We try to do it all,  and instead become frustrated, and discouraged.  We can’t do everything for everyone…but we can do something. And the wisdom lies in discerning the burden from the emotion.