Nehemiah 2 “Tilling the Soil”
“Do not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we reap, if we do not give up.” [Gal 6] Nehemiah had spent four months in prayer, fasting and mourning after hearing the news of the state of Jerusalem. Like the parable of the sower, he had scattered the seeds of prayer to the God of heaven yet it seemed some had fallen along a hardened soil and the enemy had stolen his prayers. Yet even in that Nehemiah remained faithful to pray, believing the principle that in due time he would reap. Are you facing a garden that seems devoid of answers? Does it seem like your prayers have fallen amongst the thorns of life—a.k.a duties and busyness? Beloved, if you have tilled the soil and you are patient, watering, weeding, and fertilizing your prayers/seeds will take root and you see the little shoots sprout up. But, also, like Nehemiah, we must be on guard for the tare of fear will seek to infiltrate our garden of prayers. Keep on praying even if you don’t see fruit right away.
Nehemiah prayed: Please, Lord! Grant your servant success not in the future but today! Show me compassion! May the prayers I have offered have fallen upon the good soil. In Nehemiah’s case God had also been doing his own tilling and the king’s heart was now ready to receive the fruit of Nehemiah’s prayers.
God is tilling the soil of that hardened heart of that unbeliever; your job is to pray.