Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 18 Scripture Selection: Nehemiah 1-4
Food for Thought: Neh. 1
Nehemiah, a simple man, illustrates that one does not have to be a member of the clergy or a person of high prestige in order to play a very important role in the Kingdom of God, be a leader for a very great cause, and be a productive intercessor in prayer. He had three things going for Him: First, He loved God and highly revered Him. Second, he loved Jerusalem and his people. And third, he had the Word of God hidden in his heart and quoted it in his prayers in agreement with what God has already said (Vs. 5-11). This is by far the most effective way to pray!
For every situation we face, there is a promise in the Word of God to refer to in our prayers. These promises are confirmed in II Peter 1:2-4 : “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature …” And to reassure us that the Lord is, indeed, willing to bestow them on us, He put in His Word II Corinthians 1:20 : “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” Yes! So be it! Take them! Receive them! Live by them!
In order for us to readily claim His promises in times of need (and even when we are not in urgent need of certain ones in particular), we should have them already stored up in our hearts and minds, available to draw upon them. This is achieved with regular exposure to the Word and meditation on the goodness of the Lord and the good things that He desires for us. (See Rom. 8:32; Psalm 145:6-8; 77:12; 119:15, 48.) Armed with such assurances found in the Word of God, then we can confidently approach the throne of God (Heb. 4:16) and find help in time of need, just as Nehemiah did, and even find ourselves being used by God as essential elements to achieve great things for the Kingdom of God.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):