January 14, 2016

Read Nehemiah 1

I have heard some teaching on Nehemiah before, but after the first message Sunday night by our pastor, I clearly see why this book of the bible is where we need to be. This book of the Holy Scriptures is a lesson in calling out to God for help and restoration. That is where we are as the church and in our nation. 
Nehemiah truly taught how to come to a holy and loving God, how to call on and seek restoration from Him. Nehemiah had a great position and life, but he was willing to do whatever God wanted him to do. His prayer revealed his heart. He wept, fasted, and prayed. He confessed sin, admitting the responsibility of all the people and especially himself. This is the beginning of approaching a holy, loving God. 
Nehemiah prayed back to God the things God had decreed and promised to the nation of Israel. Near the end of his prayer, Nehemiah professed God as the one to be revered and worshipped. He ended by asking for God’s help and success in accomplishing what God wanted him to do. 
We as the body of Christ, more than ever, need this kind of prayer to be coming from our hearts. Our faith is being tested, it seems, but we don't need to worry or shrink away. We need to pray to God like Nehemiah did and watch our Father do His work.

Beginning 2016 with Prayer

Pray for those in Authority; Government, Work, Teachers, Family Authorities

Pray that they will submit to the authority and ways of God and His Word daily. Pray that they will hate evil, pride, injustice, and turn away from Satan’s lies and schemes and that they will lead with godliness, integrity, honor, respect, wisdom, and compassion. 

3 John 2; 1 Timothy 2:2, 4; Hebrew 13:17; Deuteronomy 10:13; 1 Peter 2:13-17; 1 Peter 5:8; Proverbs 6:6-11; Micah 6:8; Joshua 24:15

Jesus is our great example. His prayer is selfless. Jesus’ prayer is not intended to change their actions for His own gain, but simply to plead to the Father on their behalf.