Wednesday, June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

Nehemiah was a cupbearer for King Artaxerxes. For some reason, he decided to continue working in the palace when the people of Judah were released from captivity to go back home. However, their welfare was always at the forefront of his mind. He had received word from Hanani and some of his brethren that there was trouble back home because the walls around Jerusalem were in disrepair. The news broke his heart, and his concern for the people weighed heavy upon him. 

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, Nehemiah 1:4

It’s not a coincidence that God placed Nehemiah in the palace of King Artaxerxes, who was giving favor to the people of God. We can be sure that the most minute detail of God’s plan will play out before our eyes. Even today, as we watch what seems to be the destruction of the world, I have no doubt that God’s plan will prevail. Nehemiah asked God’s forgiveness for the sins of his people and the sins of his family. Our prayers should always include confession to give us a clean slate when seeking God’s help. Any valiant work for God starts with prayer. The world needs us to intercede with God on their behalf, and God wants to hear from us. Pray!

O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer. Nehemiah 1:11

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