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 1:11
Meditation: On this day, the National Day of Prayer in the United States, I am very privileged to live in a country where I can worship and pray as my conscience dictates. I know that this is not true in many parts of the world where Christians are persecuted simply for confessing the name of Christ. For this reason among many others, I encourage you to pray with me.
Pray for the Church. Pray for your family. Pray for your community, and pray for ypur nation. While our prayers do not inform God’s opinions, we are promised that whatsoever we ask according to the will of God, it will be granted in the name of Christ. Why? Does God owe it to us? No. He loves His people and desires good for them. He desires fellowship with them. He desires to glorify them.
Prayer then is how we draw closer to God. Prayer is our meeting place. It is the strand of cord that joins us in the moment. While God is able to be many places at once attending to an infinite array of details, we are finite, and prayer allows us to touch God in our time of need like a child reaching for the comforting hand of their father before crossing a busy street. Sometimes we reach out to Him for assurance and protection while at other times we simple want to remember the warmth of His embrace.
Nehemiah was fearful of his master the king of Persia, and His prayer to God was that this man would listen to his pleas for the Israelites and specifically Jerusalem that was desolate from wars and neglect. We might offer up a similar prayer for God to guide the hearts of our leaders to protect God’s people and allow them to worship and restore the once mighty fortress of the Truth in our land.
Call To Action: Whatever your reason for prayer today, just pray. Draw closer to God. If you are new to prayer, here are some wonderful examples to follow… 2 Chronicles 6:14-42 and Matthew 6:9-13. I am praying for you. Now go pray for others.