“Then I said, O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and obey His commands.”Nehemiah 1:5
Sometimes we think we know exactly what we want or need to happen, so instead of asking God to supply our needs according to His will, we dictate our desires to Him and expect God to respond accordingly.
When we look at Nehemiah’s life, we see that he was consistent in his prayer life. He was always ready to share his challenges with God in prayer and wait patiently for His direction. His exemplary life directs us to how he approached God. Like David, he consistently entered God’s presence with Thanksgiving and praise. He addresses God as the one who keeps His covenant, ” O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and obey His commands” (Nehemiah 1:5).
Obviously, Nehemiah was not one who quits easily. He was determined to allow God to fulfill His purpose in him. As a man in authority, he was not praying for personal favours. He saw the issues facing Jerusalem and prayed persistently until his prayer was answered.
How many of us are like Nehemiah?
Do we ask God to supply our needs according to His will?
The scripture tell us in Philippians 4: 19 (NIV) ” And my God will supply all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Yes, God is ready to supply all our needs but He also helps those who help themselves! We have a responsibility to do our part in the process and that is simply, to trust Him.
We are often faced with some challenging experiences in life that plunge us into despair. Our dreams of a brighter future are shattered by setback, illness, loss of loved ones or loss of income. Sometimes instead of trying to help ourselves, we first panic, then before we know it, we begin to worry. Then start thinking negatively, pushing ourselves further into depression. That deviates from God’s purpose for our life. We need to stop doubting God. Even when we ask of God, we still doubt that our prayers will be answered. Today, I encourage you to activate your faith in God and believe that He is faithful to His promises. God bless you as you continue to trust Him.