Reliance on God!

SCRIPTURE: “Then I said: O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and obey His commands.
“Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant prays before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins  we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you.”  (Nehemiah 1:5-6 NIV)

When Nehemiah was faced with the news about Jerusalem he immediately turned to God in fasting and prayer for help. He repented of the sins of Israel and beseeched the Lord to help them in their plight. Notice too, when the king asks Nehemiah what he can do for him Nehemiah first voices a quick prayer to God for wisdom.  He demonstrated the elements of effective prayer.

1. Praise
2. Thanksgiving
3. Repentance
4. Specific request
5. Commitment.

Heartfelt prayers like Nehemiah’s can help clarify
Any problem we may be facing,
God’s great power to help us,
The job we have to do.

By the end of his prayer, Nehemiah knew what action he had to take (Neh. 1:11)
When God’s people pray, difficult decisions fall into proper perspective, and appropriate actions follow.

Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
P.O.Box AN 15007, Accra North
Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
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