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Prayer the Nehemiah Way, Part 7 of 8

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 5, 2009


Part 6

The last two prayers Nehemiah prays speak to our motives. Motives have to be the most important point of reference for any prayer.

When you pray ask yourself, “Why am I praying? Am I praying for personal gain?  Do I spend the majority of my prayer time praying for me?  Do I pray mostly for others?  Do I spend most of my time simply worshipping God?

Prayer is at its core, a conversation.  If you dominate the conversation, then you aren’t getting all you should be getting out of the relationship. So don’t just make it about you.

Remember them, O my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites. – Nehemiah 13:29

There were a lot of reasons Nehemiah could have given God to take care of his enemies.  He could have told God to remember how they treated him and the people; he could have told them about the time Sanballat ridiculed and verbally abused him, but he didn’t. Nehemiah focused his prayer on God’s work, not his own.

Nothing in Nehemiah’s prayer showed any essence of “revenge”; it only showed, “God, they are coming against you, take care of them accordingly.”

It was about the plan of God, not his own suffering or retribution.  Nehemiah knew that if he wanted a prayer answered, he should pray the will of God and not his own.  What was his motive in this prayer?  It’s all about God!

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One Response to “Prayer the Nehemiah Way, Part 7 of 8”

  1. […] Prayer the Nehemiah Way – Part 8 of 8 September 8, 2009 Posted by undergroundchurch in Bible Study. Tags: christian, Christian living, Christianity, church, cross, culture, doctrine, education, faith, Forgiveness, God, Hearing God, inspiration, Jesus, knowledge, life, love, plan of God, prayer, religion, Thoughts, understanding, will of God trackback See Part 7 […]

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