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Nehemiah – Prayer

| June 9, 2017

The prayer passages with a description of each which help us understand various types and occasions for prayer: Prayer in Nehemiah Preparation Prayer – 1:4-11 Prompt Prayer 2:4 Persecution Prayer – 4:4-5 Protection Prayer – 4:9 Promise Prayer #1 – 5:13 Pastoral Prayer – 5:19 Power Prayer 6:9 Perceptive Prayer – 6:14 Praising Prayer#1 – […]

Nehemiah 13 – Praying through the Bible #157 – A Prayer of Last Things

| December 17, 2014

If you knew death was quickly approaching, how would you spend your last days? Nehemiah has served as governor for 12 years (Nehemiah 1.1; 5.14; 13.6). The last chapter of this topical biography is saying good bye to its readers; and sounds like what a good last few days should be: filled with corrections, reflections […]

Nehemiah 9 – Praying through the Bible #156 – A Prayer that is Praying the Bible

| December 15, 2014

Have you prayed the Bible? Have you taken entire books or significant sections as an outline for your prayer? This is amazingly what we see the Levites doing in Nehemiah 9. They had just “read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day and spent another […]

Nehemiah 8 – Praying through the Bible #155 – A Prayer that is Revival

| December 2, 2014

Opening our Bibles to Nehemiah 8 shows us that the Jews were opening their “Bibles” (8.1). The result is a revival. “Revival” is used today to describe an event instead of a result. Churches have “revivals” with no revivals. One curmudgeon suggested we shouldn’t call these special meetings “revivals” because a church can’t be revived […]

Nehemiah 7:63-65 – Wonders from the Word – When In Doubt Leave It Out

| November 19, 2014

My High School English teacher often said of commas, “When in doubt, leave it out.” She didn’t realize she was also affirming a great hermeneutical principle to apply to Biblical authority. When members of the remnant tried to prove their priesthood, “These searched for their entries in the genealogical records, but they could not be […]

Nehemiah 6:10-14 – Praying through the Bible #154 – A Prayer Against God’s “Friends”

| November 19, 2014

My friend, an ex-Satanist to whom I had taught Jesus, returned to his former master and threatened to cut off my head. For some of God’s servants, such threats are carried out. For Nehemiah, such terrorization comes through a death threat delivered by a “friend.” This threat comes under the veil of holiness and pomposity […]

Nehemiah 6:1-9 – Praying through the Bible #153 – A Prayer About Blackmail

| November 13, 2014

Great leaders attract great enemies and are attacked by great means. One of America’s great leaders was Martin Luther King, leading a great cause of equality among the races. Studying history we learn he attracted great enemies such as J. Edgar Hoover, who stooped to blackmail to discredit and stop him. That was not the […]

Nehemiah 5:14-19 – Praying through the Bible #152 – A Prayer About Political Perks

| November 6, 2014

Pardon me for this political rant, but this tirade crosses political parties. No doubt this diatribe is not only cross-cultural, but cross-national. There is a story that when Leonid Brezhnev became Premier of the Soviet Union, he showed his mother the lavish palace which now served as his home. She asked, “Do the Communists know […]

Nehemiah 5:1-13 – Praying through the Bible #151 – A Prayer that is Expensive

| November 5, 2014

To whom should God’s people show more care? Should believers show equal care to believers and unbelievers? What about more to those outside the faith, evangelistically? Nehemiah 5.1-13 describes the disloyal treatment of Jews to Jews during the reconstruction of the city’s wall. Looking outward at the enemies, the remnant protected one another (4.6-23). Looking […]

Nehemiah 4:7-23 – Praying through the Bible #150 – A Prayer with Tools and Weapons

| October 29, 2014

That they prayed is recorded. What they prayed is not. Watching them work with tools and weapons in hand, leads us to an obvious conclusion. Unrelentingly, the enemy is furiously plotting against God’s people. Their goal is to fight against, and throw Jerusalem into confusion (Nehemiah 4.8). Under Nehemiah’s leadership “we prayed and stationed a […]