Monday, December 6, 2010

A Burden to Pray

that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, Nehemiah 1:6

When Nehemiah heard about the condition of his people,his heart began to break. The city lay in ruins, the gates burned with fire, and the people were a reproach. He was so many miles from them that it didn't seem like there was much he could do. No doors were open for him to leave his post in Persia. With a burden upon his heart and tears in his eyes Nehemiah begins to pray. Any significant work of God begins with a burden, that drives us to our knees. Nehemiah pleaded with God that a door would open for him to rebuild the walls that had been broken down. The desire became so great that Nehemiah prayed both day and night. Before he closed his eyes to go to sleep he prayed about the situation. When he awoke in the morning, he was praying for it again. You know the Lord has placed something upon your heart when you cannot shake the thought of it. Like Nehemiah it can consume your thoughts. It can rob you of your sleep. The burden only increases with time.
What are you and I to do? We must pray as Nehemiah did. Pray fervently, and pray faithfully for the Lord to answer. Pray for the doors to swing open wide so that you know it's the Lord calling you. Pray for the gift of faith to believe and trust in the promises of God's Word. Beseech the Lord for His strength and endurance,and wait expectantly for Him to move. Pray both day and night!