Hello there, and welcome back! Yesterday I shared a summary of lessons that I found in Nehemiah, with regard to rebuilding. Here are the first two lessons to dig into, today.
Lesson #1 - Be aware of and accept the breakdown when it happens.
We have to acknowledge the need for rebuilding. This could be related to our bodies, our relationships with other people, our relationship with God, anything! Then in the rebuilding, we need to acknowledge our need for God and wait patiently for direction. Nehemiah called out to God in the fall and had to wait until spring to see God move (see Neh 1:1 & Neh 2:4). That’s how it goes sometimes, right? It can feel like it’s taking forever for God to respond, but everything is perfect in His time.
Lesson #2 - Petition resources from God.
Nehemiah 2:4 – 8 The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.” The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, “How long will you be gone? When will you return?” After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request. I also said to the king, “If it please the king, let me have letters addressed to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River, instructing them to let me travel safely through their territories on my way to Judah. And please give me a letter addressed to Asaph, the manager of the king’s forest, instructing him to give me timber. I will need it to make beams for the gates of the Temple fortress, for the city walls, and for a house for myself.” And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me.
We need to let God know what we need or ask Him to show us what we need. We need to express to Him we realize we are in need of His help and His guidance to repair relationships or ask for guidance on what our bodies need to function in the way that He designed it to function. We are all uniquely made, with unique relationships, so this will look different for everyone!
If prayer is a struggle, know He is waiting for us to boldly enter His presence, and we no longer have to worry with dying in His presence – in fact, Christ died SO WE COULD enter into His Holy place and allow Him to look on us with love. See Hebrews 10:19 – 22.
Please let me know if this resonates with you or if you would like prayer as you begin your journey to rebuilding right where you are in life, as God’s Holy Spirit leads. I’m just a Facebook or Voxer message away. Talk with you soon!
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