by Sonia Eggleston
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Nehemiah 1:4-2:10 (NIV)
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:
‘Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly towards you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
8 ‘Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.”
10 ‘They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favour in the presence of this man.’
I was cupbearer to the king.
Artaxerxes sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem
1 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2 so the king asked me, ‘Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.’
I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, ‘May the king live for ever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?’
4 The king said to me, ‘What is it you want?’
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, ‘If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favour in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.’
6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, ‘How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?’ It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
7 I also said to him, ‘If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 8 And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?’ And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests. 9 So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.
“Principles of Prayer”
by Mike Hill
The second in our series “Nehemiah – Principles for Life”.
Nehemiah was clearly a man of passion. He had a clear purpose and he had a plan. He understood however that all these things, good as they are, will go nowhere unless they are earthed in prayer. Nehemiah was one layman whose effort laid the foundations of Judaism today. What can one person achieve?
Led by Sonia Eggleston
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Let us pray.
We praise you Lord, that we can come to you in prayer, and talk to you and know that you are listening and are willing to help us.
As we look round our town, country and world we pray for all who at this time are needing help, who don’t know which way to turn. We pray that they may feel that you are there listening to them and can help them through their problems.
As we look around the world we can see so many places where there is unrest, fighting, where people can not work together as one group but are always working in different directions. We remember especially the situation in the Middle East and also in Myanmar where there is so much dissent and unrest. We remember too the leaders of the G7 nations who will be meeting in Cornwall later this week. May your love reach each area and people begin to have the same visions. Remind us Lord, that every person is as unique and valuable to you as the disciples were to Jesus. Help us to treat each other with the respect and honour we would reserve for you.
Finally, we pray for ourselves and those who live closest to us, our neighbours, some of whom may have enormous needs. Help us to be aware of their particular problems and then help us by your grace to help them in whatever way we can.
Our prayers we offer in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.
And now we come together to say the prayer Jesus taught us:
The Lords Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.
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