Has anyone ever stolen anything from you? What do you value more than anything? Your house, your car, your money, your reputation? Yesterday, while having lunch with some of my family, I looked over at my grandsons, Nicholas and Christian, and noticed a fight about to take place. You see, the server brought out Christian’s food first, the most important being a good helping of French fries. Nicholas, seeing the mound of fries, reached over and attempted to grab a handful. Christian was not having it. He stuck out his elbow and did a series of movements to block Nicholas. It was on! Fortunately, my daughter Christine came to Christian’s defense and stopped the potential thief. To keep peace, however, she gave Nicholas one fry. A few seconds later, the server brought Nicholas’s plate and all was well.
Last week we learned that Nehemiah, a servant of the king of Persia, asked for permission to return to his homeland to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Along the way, Nehemiah encountered some enemies, Sanballat and Tobiah, who mocked the plans in front of others to rally support to discourage God’s people.
Nevertheless, Nehemiah prayed to God and asked God for help. Nehemiah reminded God that, in reality, the enemy had the audacity to come against God. Nehemiah turned his need over to God.
Nehemiah rallied God’s people by staying focused on the work, not on his enemies and the wall was rebuilt, at that time, up to half its height. The fight was not over. Their enemies increased. Nehemiah directed the people to set a watch against the enemy day and night. Prayer is our watch! God is calling us to stand in the gap against the enemy! When you awaken at night or feel that urge during the day to come aside and pray, the tendency will be to ignore the prompting. That’s what the enemy wants, but we have to resist the desire for comfort and obey the Holy Spirit. That’s when we truly say, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven!”
What is God calling you to do? Are you willing to fight for it? Know that the battle is won on your knees, in prayer.
MEMORY VERSE: “NOT BY MIGHT NOR POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT SAYS THE LORD! (ZECH.4:6, NKJV)
WEEK SIX ASSIGNMENT: USE THE GROW METHOD (ASK GOD, READ , OBSERVE DETAILS, WRITE RESPONSE). ANSWER:
1. What was the problem this time?
2. How did Nehemiah respond?
3. What principle (rule) do you see?
Be blessed as your grow!