Daily Archives: January 12, 2011

Genesis 13; Matthew 12; Nehemiah 2; Acts 12

What is it you want? – Nehemiah 2:4a

The story of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem starts with this simple question from King Artaxerxes.    Nehemiah doesn’t hold back.   He prayed to the God of heaven and then fired off his requests. 

  •  He requests that the King send him to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls. 
  •  He asks for letters to the governors of Tran-Euphrates to permit safe passage through their territory on his way to Jerusalem.
  • He asks for another letter to request lumber from the overseer of the King’s forest to be used in rebuilding the walls and the city gates.

Much can be learned from Nehemiah’s example.  In a nutshell, when he was asked, he was prepared with an answer.  Why?

  • He had a grand vision for what he could accomplish if given the opportunity.
  • He took the time to plan what he needed to make the vision a reality.
  • He consulted God to ensure his plans were aligned with God’s will.
  • He was not afraid to ask for what was necessary to get the job done.

Do I dream big enough?
Are my plans aligned with God’s will?
Am I bold enough to ask for what is necessary?

Father,
Thank you for the many blessings and gifts that you have provided me.  It is my sincere desire to use all my resources to honor you and serve your people.  Make clear your vision for my life and grant me the wisdom, perseverance  and courage to carry out your plans no matter how daunting they may be.  Amen 

Greg (gmd40187)

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