TOPIC: CONCERN FOR THE NATION
OPENING PRAYER: Help me dear Lord to meet with you as I meditate on your word in Jesus name
SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 1:1-11
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
Scripture Union SU Daily Guide Today’s Guide
As the king’s cup bearer, Nehemiah was occupying a very sensitive and important position even though an exile. He must be in relatively great comfort but notice his concern for the welfare of his people and nation (vs.2,4).
Notice the actions he took in v. 4: sat down, wept and mourned many days; fasting and praying before the God of heaven. He never forgot his homeland nor failed to pray for her regularly (‘day and night’ – v.6a). How concerned are we for our land? Do we pray for her constantly and wholeheartedly or we have given up on her? Nehemiah’s response to the information he received was to pray to God and to seek His help as he considers the action he would take to solve the problem.
Observe the elements of his prayer: adoration (v.5), confession (vs.6b,7 and notice the ‘we’), thanksgiving for God’s redemption (v.10; compare Exodus 32:11) and request (vs.6a,11). His prayer is also firmly rooted in the word of God, in His promise which never fails (vs.8-9; cf. Daniel 9:1-3). Nehemiah resolved to do something about the problem. In addition to prayer, is there something we too can do about the hardship our people and land are going through?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Pray for your country today using Nehemiah’s prayer as a model.
• Pray that God will sustain all Christian literature and Bible printers and publishers.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with
• 1 Chron. 25-27; Luke 4:1-30
Scripture Union Daily Guide 19 November 2021. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.