2014-02-24 - What Would Nehemiah Say?
Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man. I was cupbearer to the king. (Nehemiah 1:11)
These words should not be looked upon as a formula but as a guide to prayer and a way to get closer to God. I had just heard some terrible news and prayed to the Lord about the situation and my feelings. I asked God to listen to me. I knew God would listen or I would not have started talking to Him. What I had to say was important and wanted the Lord to know my urgency.
When you pray, you should inform God that you know who He is-His Holy attributes. Share how you are aware that He is the God of Heaven, and how grand and merciful He is. What do you find amazing about God? Tell Him. Tell Him your feelings about His creations. Tell Him how you are glad He honors His promises. Let the Lord know you expect to hear from Him.
I am not just making these suggestions for your benefit; I followed through on them in my prayer time. I asked the Lord for success and mercy from my boss. This prayer ingredient is especially helpful, because you never know what you may have to face.
My conversation with the Lord strengthened my faith. It was a reminder that God will not abandon any of His children.
Lord, I dont know how to move this mountain in front of me. I know that as Your child, I have authority to overcome lies and fears that will try to make me ineffective. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.