“The king said to me, ‘What is it you want?’ Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king.” Nehemiah 2:4-5.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Nehemiah 1-2, Psalm 133-134, and Luke 22.
I can’t get enough of these role-model passages. There are so many examples to note.
Check out what Nehemiah does. In between the king’s question and his answer, Nehemiah says a quick prayer.
No time for eloquence. No time to get down on his knees. No time to call in the prayer warriors. It was probably a quick, “God, help me!”
If God is in control of me I will always want to connect to Him during the circumstances occurring in my midst. Sometimes there is not a lot of time to get “Godly.” It has to be part of who I am.
Too often I mess things up because I am directing my own course. I have gone from passenger to pilot.
Unfortunately, somethings things will go smoothly in that bad arrangement but sooner or later my ways will be a path to disaster.
I long to be a Godly example in my midst. I regret my inability to have His Words handy. I regret the missed opportunities to represent Him properly.
Nehemiah knew where to go instantly in the midst of His concerns and uncertainties. Oh that I would do the same!
“Lord, thank You for Your Word. I must always be in contact with You. I need Your guidance always. Forgive me for acting independently. I need You in charge of me. I beg for Your Words. I surrender to You now.”
Got a quick prayer handy?