Reading through the Bible together
God calls people differently into responding to a task He wants to give them. For Nehemiah, it all began when he heard a report that “The survivors who are left from the captivity are in great distress and reproach. The Samaritans have attacked and whatever was left of the wall of Jerusalem is also now broken down, and its gates are burned with fire” (verse 3).
God planted the passion in Nehemiah to do something about it and to make a difference – return to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls. That passion led him to weeping, fasting and praying about the matter to get clear and understand what God’s calling for him included (verse 4). Responding to do anything for God starts with prayer – the seeking of God’s presence to be involved.
Many times doing God’s will does not come easily, but when one prays about it, one can trust God to soften the hearts of those involved and to give direction as to what to do to bring about His will. Nehemiah did not know how the king would respond to his desire to respond to God’s call. But there is power in prayer and Nehemiah prayed for God’s power to soften the heart of the king and God did.
“Lord God, create a passion in each one of us to do Your will and direct our steps to do it.”
General Vice President