“As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:4

Have you ever heard news that brought you to your knees? What about news that made you cry your eyes dry? Was it finding out that you had a failing grade, a dent in your cherished relationships, or a loved one was sick and about to die?

When Nehemiah discovered that his people were suffering (their city wall was pulverized, and thus they were terrified of the possibility of being attacked and/or annihilated any time), his response was to pray. He prayed not once, but daily and nightly in four months. His heart went to his people. He saw the need and knew that alone he was powerless to help his friends and family. God needed to step in.

Today, is there something that is causing you to worry? Are you worried about the release of grades, money for enrolment, your reputation in school? Do you worry about your spending habits, your lack of focus, your apathy towards people who have never heard the Gospel? Do you worry about what your future will be like, your health, or a sin you’ve been trying to keep hidden? Whatever your worry — take time to seek the Lord.

Follow Nehemiah’s pattern in praying:

– Seek the Lord. “I beseech You, O Lord” (v1:5a)

– Acknowledge who God is. “God of heaven, the great and awesome God” (v1:5b)

– Confess, make yourself right with God. “I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You…” (v1:6-7)

– Remember God’s promise. “Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses” (v1.8)

– Lay down your request. “Make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man. (v1:11)

So go ask, go seek, and go knock.

Written By: JC Yu