Psalm 24:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You that all is Yours. Every person is Your creation. Every plant, every animal, every part of what we see belongs to You. Lord, my heart is grieved when I look at the consequences of sin upon this beautiful world You created and those who live in it. Yet, I am overwhelmed by Your gift of salvation. You died on a cross to redeem Your creation. Thank You so much! Lord, nothing belongs to me, not my possessions, not my family, not my friends, not even my own life. All are Yours and I trust You to do what is best with each one. Lord, please help me to live completely surrendered to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit each and every day. Lord, please guide and direct me, that I might not sin against You. Lord, to You belong all glory, honor, and praise! I love You and I want to serve You with every breath I take. Please help me to walk with You in integrity and truth. I give You this day and I thank You for it in advance. Amen.
Zephaniah 3:5 NKJV — The LORD is righteous in her midst, He will do no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails, But the unjust knows no shame.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for being righteous. Thank You for bringing justice to light. Thank You for never failing. Lord, Your truth is incredible. Your Word is powerful. Your love is what saves us. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Please help us, each one, to focus upon serving You with our actions, our attitudes, and our words. Lord, please help us to be people of integrity, who shun evil and speak truth. Lord, please help us to be lovers of You, not lovers of pleasure. Lord, please keep our minds fixed upon Your truths, Your ways, and Your Sovereignty, for You are the author and finisher of our faith. You alone are worthy of praise, honor, and glory. To You I look. To You I dedicate myself and my day. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah Psalms 20:1-3 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Lord, I humbly come before You and request these verses, today. Lord, please teach us, grow us, guide us. Please bless us with discernment and wisdom. Lord, for those who are in great danger, please provide for their safety, please restore them to Yourself. Lord, for those trapped in captivity of one form or another, please comfort them. Bring them depth of understanding from Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. Please heal the hurting and provide for the needy. Lord, please return the prodigal and save the lost. Thank You, Jesus, for all You have done and are doing. Thank You for salvation, the best and greatest gift of all. Lord, please help me to shine Your light to those around me Please use my life for Your glory. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Your name. Amen.
Without giving too much description, the dreams are demonic.
This morning I awoke from one, but it was unlike any I’ve ever had.
Although the dream was demonic, I was completely calm throughout.
Normally, I am afraid, angry, full of grief, or a mixture of these emotions.
Not this morning.
Upon waking, I asked the Lord why this was so different.
Your husband was praying.
My husband had gotten up early and was downstairs in prayer.
His time with the Lord covered me from the attack.
Just before he left for work I told him about it and thanked him for it.
I also thanked God for my husband and his prayers.
James 5:16 KJV — Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
God’s Word is true.
1 Peter 1:3-7NKJV — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
We can and should put His Word into practice in our lives, because we may not see how God is working, but we can always trust that He is.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the prayers of my husband. Lord, thank You for showing me another example of Your beautiful truth applied. Lord, You are faithful, good, and trust worthy. Thank You for showing us so much love and kindness. Please continue to reach those who have yet to know You and grow those who do. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Nehemiah 8:1-2 NKJV — Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month.
The people and the leaders knew they needed to be instructed by God’s Word.
To all come together to listen to the book of the law, to understand what God’s commandments are, was the priority.
Nehemiah 8:8 NKJV — So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.
Through the teaching of God’s Law people’s hearts were changed.
Nehemiah 8:9 NKJV — And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.
Chapter 9 of Nehemiah is recounting the history of their people and the faithfulness of God.
It was vital that the people who lived within the protection of the wall understand that it was by God, not the wall that they were kept from their enemies.
It was also vital that they realize why the wall had been broken down in the past, the hearts of their forefathers had grown hard.
As followers of Christ, we too must realize that our salvation is through Christ alone.
Our spiritual protection is due to Him, not how long we pray or what fancy words might be said.
Building a spiritual wall is an out pouring of understanding that we are frail, our nature is to sin, and we have an adversary who wants to destroy us.
Time in prayer is only part of it.
We must also be in God’s Word, learning His ways, His truth.
But it doesn’t end there.
We need to be educating those who will come after us.
It’s not enough to just pray for our children and grandchildren, we need to teach them why we pray.
We need to live lives which reflect the nature of our Lord Jesus.
We need to be sure we are training the future wall builders.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Nehemiah and this book we can learn so much from. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your guidance and teaching. Lord, please help me to not only follow You in all things, but to train others, to be a light of encouragement. Lord, please help me to speak words of truth and instruction to my children and grandchildren. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for the lessons You have taught me. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Exodus 31:2 NKJV — “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. Exodus 31:3 KJV — And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word! I love this story. You prepared Bezalel before hand to do the work You had for him. Not only that, You placed in him the skill, the understanding, and the wisdom he would need. You didn’t give him a half measure either, but gave him in abundance. Lord, You know the needs of each of us. You understand what You have called each one to. Your way is perfect. Your truth is enough. Please help me to rest in the knowledge that You will and You have supplied so many needs. Your Word and Your Holy Spirit will continue to guide and direct. Thank You for all You are doing. Please, continue to reach those in so much need. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.
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.
Ruth 2:12 NKJV — “The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word and the hope we have in You. Lord, please help my work, my life to be an out growth from my trust in You. Lord, in “the shadow of Your wing” is where I want to remain, patient and at peace. Lord, please let all those who trust in You find peace even in the midst of tragedy. For You are their comfort and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. What can man do to those whose soul is safe with You? Lord, thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for Your love. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You. Amen.
22 Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail). Psalms 55:22 AMP
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You so much for Your Word. Lord, in it we find all we need. Thank You for being the One who sustains us. Thank You that You guide and direct our paths. Please continue to teach us how to live each day unto You. Please help us to hear Your voice and respond to Your Word. Lord, please do not let us wander from the truth, nor walk in our own ideas. Please help us to learn quickly from our errors and to live wisely. Lord, we want to redeem the time and to live honorably before You. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for salvation! I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Nehemiah 9:6 NKJV — You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word and Your truth. How great is Your faithfulness. Lord, we thank You for all Your wonderous works! You are God alone, Maker of Heaven and Earth! What wonderous things You have done and how great is Your love for us! Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for going to such great lengths to save us that You died to save us. Lord, please continue to reach those in need, providing for them, sustaining them. Lord, please grant wisdom and discernment to Your people. Help us to be in line with Your Word and Your ways. Please continue to shine the light of truth into our hearts and minds. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.