Daily Courage - April 13

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Remember me with favor, O my God, for all I have done for these people. (Nehemiah 5:19)

I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it... (Nehemiah 6:1)

Nehemiah

Nehemiah was a man of prayer - and a man of action. There are seven mentions of prayers in the Book of Nehemiah. He prayed all the time, all the way through, about everything he did, and he prospered because he prayed. To Nehemiah prayer was fundamental, not "supplemental." He did not just pray for his work; his work grew out of his praying.

We can summarize his noble work by stating: 

·      So I prayed.  

·      So we built. 

·      There is power in prayer.

"I looked for a man amongst them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land, so that I would not have to destroy it, but I found none" (Ezekiel 22:30).  

In Nehemiah's case, God looked and found. What about you? Today?

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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
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