By the time you read this there’s a good chance I will be on a plane to Alaska. This is not your average vacation trip. This is a move-your-family-across-the-continent trip. God has made it clear to my husband and me that this is His will for us. It is both exciting and scary. This move is an answer to prayer to supply my husband with a fulfilling job that meets our family’s needs. There is no way we would have made this move however, if we had not spent the past year and a half praying for God to reveal His will to us.
Nehemiah too spent a lot of time in prayer and two lessons from this book stand out to me.
- Nehemiah set purposeful time aside to pray. In Nehemiah 1:4, Nehemiah learned of Jerusalem’s broken walls. He took time to fast and pray, seeking Gods favor to go before the king.
- Nehemiah’s prayers were as natural as breathing.
“As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” ~ Nehemiah 1:4
Throughout the book, Nehemiah inserted prayers to God in the midst of the narrative. It is as if the book was written straight from his stream of conscience. One minute he is telling you about the Tobiah the Ammonite taunting them for example. In the very next sentence, Nehemiah is asking God to throw Tobiah’s insults directly back on him. There is not even a break to tell the reader that Nehemiah is praying. Sometimes this style makes it hard to read through Nehemiah because it is hard to follow. But that’s what I love about it. It is just so natural to Nehemiah to pray.
So, where are you in your prayer life? When is the last time you fasted and prayed? Is your prayer life so intermingled with your thought life that you speak to God as Nehemiah did? Make it your goal this week to practice one of Nehemiah’s examples and let me know how it goes! I think I will be practicing prayers as natural as breathing as I board the plane with a three-year-old and a one-year-old.