twenty-one/prayers • DAY 13

Nehemiah’s Concern for Jerusalem

5 Then I said, “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! 7 We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.

8 “Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations.9 But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’

10 “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.”

In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.   Nehemiah 1:5-11 (NLT)

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  • Anita

    What a timely message for me and something I have been pondering in my heart.  We know that God values people highly, but people aren’t always as consistent as the Lord in showing each other favor or love.  God forgives and accepts us unconditionally when we turn to Him, but sometimes people aren’t as generous in showing each other favor.  It is so important to pray that the Lord moves on our behalf when we need favor.  I am loving Nehemiah 1:11.  Lord Jesus, I ask you to lead and direct the times in my life when I need favor from other people – both believers and unbelievers.  I give that aspect of my life to you along with every other part.