The book of Nehemiah is full of prayer.
He begins with a long prayer and it’s a wonderful introduction to a man who prayed.
Nehemiah 2:4 NKJV — Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.
This is only one of the moments where he is relating a circumstance and glides directly into prayer.
For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God , strengthen my hands.
Nehemiah 6:9 KJV
Here he states the struggle and immediately requests for the Lord to do exactly opposite of what their enemy’s goal was.
Throughout the book, Nehemiah is steadfast, a man on God’s mission.
He endures ridicule, personal threats, I tax upon his character and his motives, famine, those underneath him abusing one another, and blatant disregard for God’s law.
Despite all of this he succeeded at doing what God had sent him to do which was rebuilding the wall around jerusalem, no small task.
As an added benefit, the Lord help them to do it in an incredibly short amount of time.
Nehemiah is an example of prayer without ceasing and the fruits of a life lived devoted to God Almighty.
May we take the example set before us and learn to pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV — Pray without ceasing.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the example of Nehemiah. Lord please teach us how to be people of prayer. Jesus, we humbly request that You use the circumstances of our lives to draw us to our knees. Thank You for all of Your blessings and Your faithfulness. Lord Jesus, thank You for continuing to show us what a life devoted to You looks like through Your Word. Lord Jesus, thank You that You hear our prayers. Help us to understand those things which would hinder our prayers and to put those away, that we might not be separated from You. I love you Jesus. Amen.