Readings, Nehemiah: (1: 4-23)

By: Pastor Stanley Mutiza (The Well of Life Ministries in Bethal)

Nehemiah had faith, though he had never been to Jerusalem, but he heard from his elders as to how the city of God looks.

He also heard what God had done for his people, Israelites. When he had that the wall of Jerusalem lied in ruin and that the gates had been burned he was deeply depressed. Before taking any action he prayed and fasted (Neh. 1:4).

Why did he pray?

Prayer internalises the burden. Prayer insists that we quiet our hearts and wait, slowing us down to receive from God. Prayer infuses the vision, enabling us to see what God wants to do. Prayer initiates the vision’s fulfilment, acting as a catalyst for us to act.

Nehemiah then went to speak to King Artaxexes because he prayed and God had softened the king’s heart, so Nehemiah was sent to Judah. Nehemiah could tell the king his exact plan of action. 52 days to rebuild the walls.

Nehemiah’s commitment

Nehemiah spent time in prayer he knew what need to be done (letters to governors, timber from Asphat). He had an exact time frame. He knew the key influences to approach, such as the Persian King Artexexes.

He assessed the situation and said first-hand the challenges facing him. He met with some people to get a buy in from them (priests, nobles, Jews, officials and people who did the work. He described his vision for rebuilding the wall and the spiritual ramification of the project (Neh 2, 16-17).

He organised the people and get them working. He never lost focus of the work at hand.

What was Nehemiah secret for success?

Nehemiah relied on God. He respected the opposite. He reinforced his weak point. He re-assured the people. He refused to quit. He renewed the people’s strength continually (Nehemiah 4, 4-23).

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

The power of compelling purpose.  The power of prayer.  The power of persistence. The power of commitment. The power of faith in people you are with.