:: Take 3 ::
Great Need Produced Great Prayer
Nehemiah wrote a letter to ask how the people were getting along in Jerusalem, and this was the reply: “The people are in great trouble and shame; and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates have been destroyed by fire."
Nehemiah was so touched that he wrote: “When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”
When was the last time you or I wept when we heard of people who are suffering – frightened little children being abused by their parents – countless women who have been abused and abandoned – or men searching for a scrap of food in a dumpster, or a desperate mother begging for food for her hungry children?
Too often our response is one of denial, or of blaming the ones in great need, or of being overwhelmed because the need is so great.
How did Nehemiah respond? His first response was to PRAY. He knew he had to do something to relieve the misery of the people in Jerusalem, but he didn’t know what. So he prayed, asking God for guidance.
One great hero of the faith put it this way, “Prayer is not everything, but everything is guided by prayer.” We don’t pray instead of ACT. Rather, we pray, and then we ACT on God’s guidance. Prayer must undergird every action we take.
Here on Skid Row – “The people are in great trouble, walls are broken down, gates destroyed.” Will you pray? I need your prayers.
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Willie Jordan (Mrs. Fred Jordan)
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