“Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, ‘If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor…, let him send me to the city in Judah…so that I can rebuild it.’”Nehemiah 2:4b-5
We’re all in submission to some authority over us, a few even to an authority that is hostile to our convictions or culture. Feeling threatened, helpless, or unheard by those in authority can result in angry demands, protests, or all-out rebellion. We’ve seen that in the home, at the workplace, or on the streets. Rarely does it end well. But Nehemiah demonstrated a way of being heard that was far better.
His sorrow over the broken people and walls of Jerusalem stirred him to effect restoration and healing. But how? He was in full-time service to a foreign king who had no concern for the interests of God’s people. First, Nehemiah prayed and fasted before the Lord for several months. He faithfully went about his work, and when the king noticed and inquired as to his demeanor, Nehemiah answered respectfully and plainly. When the king asked what he could do, Nehemiah “prayed to the God of heaven,” then boldly made his request. It pleased the king to grant it.
You have a good King, and His name is Jesus. Go to Him!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)