1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan[a] the [b]citadel,
2 that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah had the heart to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem which had been broken down. Wall serves as defence against the enemy.
The lack of a city wall meant that the people were vulnerable and open to attacks from the enemies. It is dangerous for a Christian to leave his wall unprotected.
What area of your life have you exposed to the enemy? The lack of a wall also meant disintegration. Nehemiah’s concern to rebuild the wall was to glorify God through the restoration of a better life for the people of God.
We should similarly seek only to glorify God and not self in what we do. As Nehemiah was committed to restoration of his people, so also, we as Christians, we can engage in meaningful restoration in some areas of life of the people in our community.

What smiles can we bring to the life of the people around us? Nehemiah did not just know the problem and challenge of his people, he did something about it.
He prayed and sought God’s direction. This led to the king granting Nehemiah’s request. When we pray, God moves people to act in our favour.
Nehemiah did not limit his effort to prayer alone. He acted. Prayer without action is not sufficient to correct the wrong we see around us.
Like Nehemiah, let us enlist the help of others to see the desire of God for our lives come to pass.

PRAYER: Lord teach me how to act even as I pray along with others for their needs.


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