How often do you pray and think God is not listening? Do you think that what you are saying is falling upon deaf ears because you don’t see any movement from God? Nehemiah knows this principle: a key aspect of prayer is to listen, discern and use your time reflectively and then wait expectantly for God’s timing to happen. Like Hannah, Jeremiah and Daniel and many others, Nehemiah did not just pray once but many days—in fact it was four months before there was a breakthrough. How long are you spending in a mode of prayer for yourself, your church, your country?
Like David in Psalm 5 Nehemiah began; Lord carefully consider; or pay attention to my cry. Nehemiah knew he was a servant of King Artaxerxes but his real king was Jehovah. Like the psalmist, Nehemiah came in a mode of repentance and a heart of repentance: “I am praying to you today throughout both day and night on behalf of your servants the Israelites. I am confessing the sins of the Israelites that we have committed against you – both I myself and my family have sinned.”
Use today to pray for yourself, your family, your church, your country. Use your time wisely. Spend time in prayer and “then wait expectantly for an answer” knowing that God rewards the godly and protects them with His shield.