What has stood out to you about Nehemiah as you have read this book and studied his life? Is it his leadership or his dependability as cupbearer to the king or his burden for his people and city or his courage to face the opposition or his devotion to God? All of these are qualities of godliness, but I believe that none would be as they were without his personal prayer life (1:4-11; 2:4; 4:9; 5:10-11). Time in the “prayer closet” with God births trust, power, conviction, security, wisdom, peace, direction, fellowship, relationship, joy, victory and an understanding of the mind/heart of God! Time in the “prayer closet” will birth revival!
Yesterday, I heard an individual pray, “Thank You, Lord, for waking me up in the middle of the night to pray, to commune with you.” Are you walking in such a prayer relationship with the Lord that He would wake you in the middle of the night to have fellowship with you? (And if He does, He will take care of your needed rest. He’s able.)
Over 150 years ago, C. H. Spurgeon became aware of revival in America and desired the same for his congregation. So, he challenged his people to invest in fervent, intense prayer:
To your knees, you believers, to your knees. Will you lose the opportunity, Christians? Will you let men be lost for want of effort? Let us spend this week in special prayer. Let us meet together as often as we can, and plead the throne; and each of you in private be mighty with your God, and in public be diligent in your efforts.
1. What do your actions say about your attitude toward prayer?
2. Do you long to commune with your Heavenly Father?
3. Are you casual or fervent in prayer?
4. Are you really satisfied with your prayer life? Is God?
5. Do you need to repent and confess of prayerlessness?
Scripture: Read Isaiah 63:15 – 64:12 and use it as a guide to pray for revival.
Reminder: Our goal for these 40 days of prayer and fasting is that God would so revive and change us that we would both pray and act as the people of God for the glory of God!