Today is the national day of prayer. May we learn how to pray for our nation and world from Biblical prayers like Nehemiah’s. Look at his prayer and model after it today when you are praying.
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer. (Nehemiah 1:4-11 KJV)
Nehemiah was a cup bearer and was not supposed to go before the king and inquire of him. Yet Nehemiah prayed by confessing his and his nations sins, He asked God to remember His word and if we turn from our sins and keep His commandments God would hearken to his prayer. If you are a Christian, then you are one of God’s redeemed and we are praying today as a nation which must confess our sins, and turn from them. Then ask God but quoting His word for answered prayer. Lord here the prayers of Your saints this day and always. Let this nation serve You once again. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
In Christ,
Greg
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