Sunday Recap - Feb. 4th
When Nehemiah hears about the plight of his people, immediately he is broken up inside over the calamity they are in. He’s pouring out his sorrow over the ruins of his people and he is earnestly praying on their behalf. He’s confessing sin, asking God for forgiveness – for himself and his fellow Israelites. And the first thing Nehemiah does is consult God. He doesn’t immediately leave his job, lash out or organize a construction team. He confesses and patiently waits on God. And in his prayer, he is seeking God with all of his heart.
If we are going to be successful in a grand vision, we must always remember to first go to God.
Key Scriptures: “So I arrived in Jerusalem. Three days later, I slipped out during the night, taking only a few others with me. I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem. We took no pack animals with us except the donkey I was riding. After dark I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal’s Well, and over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates. Then I went to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but my donkey couldn’t get through the rubble. So, though it was still dark, I went up the Kidron Valley instead, inspecting the wall before I turned back and entered again at the Valley Gate." Nehemiah 2:11-15 (NIV)
Some Sunday takeaways on seeking God in prayer:
- Confess Sin.
- Ask God for forgiveness.
- Seek God with all your heart.