A Life of Power Comes, From a Life of Prayer
While watching the Presidential Primary, the candidates had many solutions for the issues and problems that our country is facing. During a quiet time in prayer, word, and waiting, my spirit was drawn to this particular politician. This one I’m talking about is in the word of God. He was the governor of Judah and his name was Nehemiah! Leadership to him was about motivating the people to be faithful to God, and then helping them to become organized, so they could accomplish the task of rebuilding the city wall of Jerusalem.
During this rebuilding he was faced with strong opposition, but they succeeded and it was finished in 52 days! How was Nehemiah able to get this extraordinary job done? Well, if you read his entire book you might say it was because he had great leadership and organizational skills, and could impel people real well, but the real deal is . . . he was a man of prayer, which resulted in God’s power in his life.
Prayer was a part of his daily life, no matter what, Hallelujah. He prayed, when he was down and dismayed. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. (1:4). In conversation with the king, this man was praying! The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, “If it please Your Majesty and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” (2:4-5). Under attack and opposition, he prayed too. But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves. (4:9). He prayed when weak, Hallelujah. So I prayed for strength to continue the work. (6:9). When dedicating Jerusalem’s Wall, you could find him giving praise and thanks to God for blessing them, Yes! I led the leaders of Judah to the top of the wall and organized two large choirs to give thanks. Many sacrifices were offered on that joyous day, for God had given the people cause for great joy. (12:31, 43). Nehemiah could not have accomplished the assignment or completed the plan for Jerusalem that God had put in his heart, or experienced the worship being restored in Judah, if he wasn’t in continual intimate communication with God.
How can we accomplish the tasks and plans that the Lord put in our hearts? How can we experience a life of power? Through prayer! Prayer has to be a regular part of our daily lives, and we have to depend and rely on the Lord during the hard and the easy times as well. We have to also regularly and continually, praise and thank Him for the blessings! Let this example of Nehemiah, impel us to have a life of power that comes from a life of prayer!
PRAYER: Lord, the only way for us to see more of Your power in our lives and for us to accomplish the tasks and plans that’s given to us to do by You, is by prayer. We humble ourselves before You and ask that You help us to develop a life of continual prayer. In Your powerful name we pray, Amen
Scripture of the Day: “Listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel.” Nehemiah 1:6