Listen to My Prayer

Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned!” Nehemiah 1:5-6 NLT

Nehemiah was living at a time when Jerusalem was in ruin. He lived and worked in Shushan. However, he was concerned about his homeland. While some we taken captive, there were those who remained. One day, he had a visitor who gave him a report about the condition of his homeland. The report made him so sad that he cried.

In the sadness of his heart he found a place of prayer. Nehemiah prayed for his home. He didn’t start with what he wanted from God. He took the time to acknowledge God for who He is. Then he went into his petition. Nehemiah was not concerned about who in particular did wrong. He went before God and confessed for everyone. When a nation is in crisis, then it’s everyone’s problem. So he prayed, “We have sinned against you.” He continued, “We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.” Nehemiah was honest before God.

Many times, when there is a problem whether personal or corporate, there is a reluctance to acknowledge wrongdoing.  Proverbs 28:13 says, “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” This is what Nehemiah did and God answered his prayer.

Thought for Today: Confess and turn, you will receive mercy.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory. 

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