Nehemiah 4:1-3 NKJV — But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish–stones that are burned?”
Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”
Once the work began, not an easy task as the workers were just ordinary people, opposition sprung up.
First, the enemy was angry and mocking quickly followed.
Nehemiah’s response is prayer:
Nehemiah 4:4 NKJV — Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!Nehemiah 4:5 NKJV — Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.”
Nehemiah didn’t get sidetracked, the work didn’t stop.
Nehemiah 4:6 NKJV — So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
The people were not put off and God blessed their diligence, the wall began to be repaired and the gaps to close.
Their enemies were stubborn too.
Nehemiah 4:7 NKJV — Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry,
Nehemiah 4:8 NKJV — and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.
Again, Nehemiah trusts in the Lord.
He also sets up guards.
Nehemiah 4:9 NKJV — Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.
The contention continues throughout the repair and rebuilding of the wall.
The enemy tries threats, lies, slander, but nothing hinders Nehemiah’s task.
But it wasn’t easy.
Nehemiah 4:16 NKJV — So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah.Nehemiah 4:17 NKJV — Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.
They had to be diligent in their work and on guard at all times.
Nehemiah 4:23 NKJV — So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.
Thankfully, this was only a season, once the wall, their defense, was restored completely they were not in the same danger as when the wall was yet finished.
However, one of the first things Nehemiah did after the wall was finished was to appoint guards and leaders.
Nehemiah 7:1 NKJV — Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,
Nehemiah 7:2 NKJV — that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.
The application is simple, we need to guard our wall.
Our spiritual wall should be our time of intercession for ourselves and others.
We need to realize we will be building something the enemy doesn’t want.
When we hedge ourselves,our families, and our church in prayer we are building a spiritual wall.
We should expect to come under attack.
The enemy will throw doubt: “Does God really hear?”
He will lie: “Did God say…?”
There will be distractions, interruptions, and trials, but we must not allow ourselves to be removed from praying for ourselves and others.
Daily intercession in prayer, built with God’s Word, upon the foundation of Christ Jesus, is a must for followers of Christ.
For even when regular intercession is a habit and the spiritual “wall” is built, we should be on our guard.
The enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy.
But God gives us life and it’s abundance is unfathomable, because His gift of life is eternal!
Our time here is limited, let us live wisely and redeem the time.
Colossians 4:5-6 NKJV — Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth and wisdom. Thank You for freely giving these things to us. Lord, please help us to understand the importance of prayer and the value of humbling bring our requests before You. Lord Jesus,help us to pray with understanding, not asking according to our will or our ideas, but truly seeking Your face and praying Your Word for in it is life. Lord, please help us not to be sidetracked by the snares of the enemy. Please keep us from living shortsightedly. Lord, You alone know every detail of each one’s life. Please help us to join together in prayer and stand for those who are helpless, needy, wayward, and lost. Lord, please soften hearts, open eyes, unstop ears, that they might turn and be healed. Thank You. Amen.