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Pray First

Posted by Roger Clark on

Nehemiah was a man with a burden. Jerusalem, the city of his ancestors, was in Roger Clarkruins. He had a God-sized vision to rebuild the walls. What should he do first? If it were me, I would make a plan, start a “to do” list and get busy with the first steps. Instead, Nehemiah prayed (1.5-11). This seems like a very passive way to get a project started, but in fact, it was the very best way. A.J. Gordon said:

You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.

That’s what Nehemiah did. When he got his chance to plead his case before the king, Nehemiah said, “I quickly prayed to the God of heaven” (Nehemiah 2.4, NET Bible). It seems that this was his habit—pray first, then wait to see how God will work things out.

How do you approach the issues that you face? Do you do all you can do and then use prayer as a last resort? People of God go against their inclinations to take matters into their own hands and put them in God’s hands first. Henry Blackaby says, “after you pray, watch what happens next.” That’s what Nehemiah did. That’s my challenge every day. How about you?

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