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“And I said, ‘O Lord God of Heaven, the great and awesome God Who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, to hear the prayer of Your servant that I now pray before You day and night for the people of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against You. Even I and my father's house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember the Word that You commanded your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of Heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make My name dwell there.' They are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who delight to fear Your name, and give success to Your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.’” (Nehemiah 1:5-11)
When I read God’s Word each morning, I find inspiration and insight that keeps my day on track. Join me on this journey. Let’s settle in with His Word—it’s His Love Letter to us. Did you know that? Let’s read it like a Love Letter, expecting to glean something for our walk with Him every day. Let’s look for peace in the chaos and strength for our weaknesses. Even on our busiest days we can carve out a few minutes to refocus on the important. Can’t we? We may have to get up a little earlier, when the house is still and quiet, or stay up a few minutes after the others are tucked in for the night, but we can do this! I know we can!
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I love the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah's example of prayer and fasting and having a mind to work are stellar. I too pray the scriptures. I find confidence there because I know God's word cannot return unto him empty. I love quoting Ephesians 3:20-21 because I know my limited perspective is nothing compared to what he can do.
"Now to Him Who is able to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout ALL generations, forever and ever. Amen." <—I love that prayer, Calvonia! :)
I love Nehemiah's prayer. I also love the one where the king asks him what's wrong, and Nehemiah send up a quick prayer before he answers.
One of my favorite Scriptures to pray is Colossians 1:9-12: "that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light." Philippians 1:9-11 is good, too, as are Ephesians 1:17-19 and 3:14-21.
I love praying Philippians 1:9-11, Barbara! "Now to Him Who is able to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout ALL generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Nehemiah allowed his heart to be broken. And then he took the broken pieces to God.
I love that, Michele!! "Nehemiah allowed his heart to be broken. And then he took the broken pieces to God." A great example for any of us who have ever lived a broken life.
I agree that praying scripture is a helpful practice! It's made a difference for me through the years. The Psalms are usually my go-to scriptures to prayer.
I love praying through Psalms, Lisa! I shouldn't be, but I am always surprised how when I go there how God gives me just what I need for that day! He is good like that! :)
Praying day and night is a habit I definitely need to immulate.
Yes! Me also Lauren. I think we take far too lightly the command to pray without ceasing.
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