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Prayer the Nehemiah Way Part 2 of 8

Posted by undergroundchurch on August 27, 2009


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Nehemiah 1:4-11

Here’s the setup, Israel has been in captivity for almost 70 years.  Nehemiah inquires about Jerusalem and the land of Israel, and when he hears the report, he wept, mourned for several days, fasted and prayed.

I have to stop right here and ask a very probing question, “When was the last time you were moved to tears with the things that move the heart of God?”  I’m not talking about troubles you are going through; I mean the very things that drive the plan of God.  When was the last time you wept for a lost soul or the social deprevation of our nation or the nation of Israel (as in Nehemiah’s case)?  If we aren’t closely interested in the things that move God, we can’t expect to move God when we want something.

It wasn’t until after days of fasting and prayer that we actually get to see the prayer he writes down in verses 4-11. 

Notice the prayer:

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:
       “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. 8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

 10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 O 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.

It’s important to see the pattern of this prayer because it was answered in a big way (read the rest of the book to find out).

  1. He starts with worship.  Make a note of this… ALWAYS START WITH WORSHIP!!! You can’t do too much of this.  As a basic practice, I spend a majority of my time when praying in this mode.  Here’s why, when you get to the New Jerusalem (See Revelation 21-22), you will be in a constant mode of worship.  It is your eternal destiny, so if you don’t enjoy it now, you might be bummed.
  2. He repents (for himself and his nation). This is crucial.  If you aren’t humble and spiritually clean, your worship and prayers are going to be a stench before God. Also, we believers are the ones that are given the perogotive to pray for our nation.  Do you think the unbeliever is going to pray?  “We the people” makes us a nation of people… a team.  You can’t blame an individual for losing the game, it’s a team event.
  3. He stood on God’s promises.  What God promises, he completes.  You can’t go wrong believing God.  When you review His promises, you are showing faith in God.
  4. Asks to be part of the plan of God.  He takes a step of faith to believe God for his promise.  He goes to the king to ask for permission to resolve the problem, but first, he bathed it in prayer, fasting, the word, worship, repentence and faith.

Lesson to learn, Don’t be too one dimensional in your prayer life.

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