“When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:4
Webster’s dictionary defines prevailing as having superior force or influence. When we think of prayer as believers, as children of God do you describe your prayer life as having superior force or influence with God?
I believe one thing that will mark a person who has influence with men and influence with God is this: that person will be one who walks with a greatness of prayer.
If we studied the great revivals or the turning point in a man’s life where that believer gave themselves completely to Jesus it is stamped with an event of significant, sustained prayer.
No great awakening in America ever started without God’s people crying out to God. No saint ever became mighty for God w/o first crying out to God for the forgiveness of sins.
Pastor Mark Bubeck a prayer warrior said greatness of prayer can be defined in 2 measurements:
1)Measured by what it does in the life of the one praying.
2)Measured by the visible moving of God in human affairs.
Of all the great prayers in the Bible, Nehemiah’s prayer is one of obvious greatness. Great prayer is ALWAYS A PRAYER FROM THE HEART! Usually, we never learn to pray until it is Desperate prayer. This prayer, in my opinion, is the outline of great prevailing prayer.
Here in our text, we have a remnant of Jewish people who had returned to Jerusalem. They were in captivity and had been let go. In 536 BC Zerubbabel returned with 50,000 Jews and in 20 years had rebuilt the temple. In 457 BC there was a small revival under Ezra. Now it’s 445 BC and the people and city are in ruins.
God was looking for someone who would be obedient and unite His people. God didn’t choose a king, a preacher, or even someone called into full-time ministry. God chose Nehemiah, the cup-bearer of the king of Persia.
God is looking for one person with a heart for His people. That’s what we need today. Someone to pray.
Our nation is divided and we can blame whatever political party we choose. But healing our land won’t come from Washington. It must come from God’s people crying out to Him for each other.
Will you join me in prayer?
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