4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.” (Nehemiah 2:4 – 5)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
The results of the Prayer poll are in and 60% of you normally maintain an ongoing dialogue with God throughout the day, 20% of you normally follow a schedule and the remaining 20% didn’t think that any of the categories provided described their prayer habits. I am very grateful for all the responses and my prayer is that wherever each of you are, you keep growing.
As we conclude our review of the Discipline of Prayer, Nehemiah provides a particular lesson that we can all benefit from. While working for God, how diligently do we “check-in” with Him? Today’s passage demonstrates how much Nehemiah relied on God.
If we reflect on the passage we studied yesterday, we will recall that Nehemiah literally had spent months praying about the wall before getting the chance to talk to King Artaxerxes. Despite spending all that time in preparatory prayer, when Nehemiah stands before the king and is asked “What is it you want?”, it is interesting what he does. The Bible describes Nehemiah’s immediate action as follows: “Then I prayed to the God of heaven”. What a powerful picture of faith and reliance.
- Since God already knows what we need before we ask, why is Nehemiah’s approach to prayer important?
- How does it make you feel to know that God is always available?