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Praying to the God who Creates and Sustains

The prayer of returned exiles in Nehemiah 9 gives us insight into the God to whom we pray.  As the prayer continues, its words remind us that we continue a legacy of faith that still informs our concept of God, … Continue reading

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Moving from Prayer from Action

Nehemiah’s prayers give us insight on moving from prayer to action. His despair when he receives devastating news about the plight of Jews who have returned from captivity to a wrecked Jerusalem causes him to weep. Then he prays. In … Continue reading

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A National Prayer of Confession for Sins of Previous Generations

Nehemiah chapters 8 and 9 record the formal spiritual restoration of a nation. Having returned from deportation to Babylonia, the Jewish people renew their allegiance to God. Their devout governor has helped refocus their attention on prayer and integrity. A … Continue reading

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Praying On the Run

Desperate situations sometimes preclude long prayers. A vehicle driver who has narrowly avoided a crash may quickly breathe the words, “Thank you, Lord.” The prayer requires no more words. Several of Old Testament Judean political leader Nehemiah’s prayers fall into … Continue reading

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Prayer and Building Shared Vision

Nehemiah had a plan. He had official approval for his plan and royal documents to substantiate that ; he told the governor of Trans-Euphrates region of his plans and the king’s approval. Upon arrival, he surveys the situation at night; … Continue reading

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Seizing the Moment to Pray

What do you do when you recognize a need but must have some else’s permission to act? Nehemiah’s brother had told him that homeland security in their ancestors’ home town, Jerusalem, was in ruins. Nehemiah recognized a need. Walls had … Continue reading

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Why We Can Pray When Overwhelmed

In my last blog, I wrote about how Psalm 130 demonstrates praying while overwhelmed. Today, I want to address how we can keep on praying when life continues to overwhelm. Again our model prayer comes from Psalm 130. Three couplets … Continue reading

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