Day 3 – Please hear me and please make me successful in what you want me to do. That was the prayer that Nehemiah prayed. Read Nehemiah 1:9-11
but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.’ They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.” Now I was the cupbearer to the king.
Nehemiah 1:9-11 NASB
Give me the strength to do what you want me to do. That is a prayer that God will always answer positively. He will answer it happily, because he knows that he has a specific job and role for each of us to do to be obedient, and he would love nothing more than to give us what we need in order to be successful in the job he is given us. Why wouldn’t he?
It’s important to realize that as we continue to move forward through our study of Nehemiah, that he is constantly looking to God to help him to do everything he does. However, Nehemiah is no stranger to hard work himself. He is absolutely willing to put forth the effort and the work that needs to happen to see success. But make no mistake, Nehemiah knows the success comes from God. God is the one who gives him the strength to physically do everything what he needs to do in order to accomplish all that God wants him to do.
Do we know where our strength comes from? Are we busy asking God to help us accomplish his plans, or our own? As we continue to focus on the areas that we are discontented about and that God is pushing us more towards, realize that anything he is pushing us toward, he will help us to accomplish.