LESSON 2 / 6 – Power & Prayer of Nehemiah
Main text – Nehemiah chapter 1: 5 – 11
Following on from the news that Nehemiah had heard about his people in exile and about the fallen wall in Jerusalem. He was deeply grieved and concerned and this was seen in his emotions and demeanour for a number of days in verse 4.
- He sat down and wept
- He mourned for some days
- He took upon fasting and praying
There is power in prayer and Nehemiah went about this ‘strategically’ to say in a sense as there was a way in which he prayed that we can adopt.
- Acknowledge God for who He is: Firstly, he acknowledged God for who he is – giving thanks unto God for his love and existing covenant. The scripture below shows us he comes to God adoring him and telling him who He is. By acknowledging God, he knows that he cannot change the circumstances which have befallen his people and the land; he knows to call upon the One who is able to save and restore!
2. Confession of Sins: – Verses 6 -7 shows that Nehemiah and the people have sinned. Before he makes any requests, he knows the sins of the people and confesses. This act shows us that Nehemiah is ‘human’ and we sin – he asks for forgiveness so as to make a petition unto God thereafter. This shows a heart which is ready to accept fault and come unto God to be cleansed. He asks for forgiveness and acknowledges the wicked acts committed by the Israelites as well as his household.
We can adopt this into our prayer lives by confessing our sins unto God and he is faithful and just to blot them all out so we appear right and blameless before God.
3. Remind God of His Promise / Word: Verses 8 -10 shows us that Nehemiah reminds God of the promise he made to his ancestors. He is bringing the Word of God back unto him.The
The scripture below shows us that which is spoken by God shall surely come to pass. Speak the Word of God back unto Him and he will surely bring it to pass.
4. Final petition unto God: verse 11 shows the conclusion of Nehemiah in the scripture below as he asks God to listen to his prayer and grant his success as he moves forward to seeing the King. He is involving God in his everyday activities as he was the cupbearer to the King. He is asking God to bless him moving forward.
We too can do this by involving God in our everyday lives and activities through our prayers.
Four Keys Points from Nehemiah’s Prayer:
- Acknowledge God
- Confessions of Sins
- Remind God of His Promises / Words
- Make your petitions/requests unto Him
Upcoming Lesson 3 / 6 : The Position of Nehemiah – Greater Good
Nehemiah 2: 1 – 3 | Nehemiah uses his place of authority to change the state of his people and land. | This will be taken in the next lesson!