“…I had not told anyone what my god had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem…So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people…” (Neh. 2:12, 7:5).
On two occasions Nehemiah notes that God put thoughts into his mind or heart. These were in direct answer to prayer. For Nehemiah prayer always translated into action, wisdom, or spiritual renewal. To him, prayer was not a waste of time, but the most efficient use of time. Out of a life of prayer Nehemiah was able to accomplish an extraordinary feat. In Excellence in Leadership, John White provides us with this powerful summary of Nehemiah: “And through his inspiring example, hundreds of other people worked with him. By a superhuman effort they did the impossible. With no steam shovels or mechanized equipment, harassed by foes and plagued with setbacks, they rebuilt a city wall in fifty-two days (6:15).”
There is a concern that talk of action could sound like a diminishing of the value of prayer. Not so! Balance is the key, and S.D. Gordon nailed it when he wrote, “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing.” That’s it. Prayer being the chief thing still cannot stand by itself. Prayer and action must be wedded together. After praying, remember to ask, “Now what, Lord?”
Lord, help me to hear and understand any instructions You have for me personally regarding the things I am praying about.
–Taken from an article by Dr. Joseph Winger, incenseRising, November/December 2005.
Praise God for seeking and saving the lost. Give thanks that Jesus is “the good shepherd [who] lays down his life for the sheep” (Jn. 10:11). Confess those instances and ways in which you ignore the voice of your Shepherd. Commit yourself to learning to be content whatever the circumstances (Phil.4:11). Ask God to give you the fullness of life which comes with following the Savior.
Pray for those who serve in law enforcement, that the stress of their jobs will not be too much for them to bear. Ask God to give them special strength to do their jobs well.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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