Quick prayer

“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.”

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