Pray and press on
Week beginning: 24th March, 2019 | By Debbie Woods | Manchester
They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.Nehemiah 4:8-10 (NIV)
Nehemiah has left his job as cupbearer to the King at Susa to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, so that God's Name would be honoured, His people gathered again and able to worship God at the Temple. He has witnessed God's sovereign power as King Artaxerxes grants him permission to leave, well-resourced for the job, with safe passage to Jerusalem.
Building gets underway and 52 days later it is completed, the wall built. What a triumph!
And yet, as is often the case, Nehemiah's service for God met trial and opposition from all sides.
The sovereign God did not remove the opposition. Nehemiah did not wake up one morning to find the wall miraculously built. Instead he found God's people compromising with the culture, disobeying God's word, his enemies threatening violence, deriding his efforts, mocking his team and trying to distract him.
So what does Nehemiah, the man of God do?
He "prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night" – a model response!
So, whether you have exams to prepare for, difficult cases or clients to face, let us pray to our sovereign God to enable us to use the gifts and opportunities He has given us to make Christ and His Kingdom known.
Let us bring before the Lord in prayer anything we see as obstacles to our Kingdom activities and allow Him to use the gifts He has given to us and to others to press on.