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Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded…Nehemiah 1:8 (NKJV)

I like Nehemiah’s response to the Lord after being given a task he clearly felt he was not able to do within his own effort.  He had a sense of compassion within his heart for his people, and he admitted his fear, and yet he forged ahead knowing God was exceedingly able to supply everything needed.

Nehemiah had a contrite heart—he was repentant and remorseful for the sinful lifestyle of his people.   He came humbly before God and confessed his sin, and then interceded on behalf of the sins of the people by praying the written “word of God.” (Nehemiah 1: 5-8)

We should pray the word of God in every request we make of Him.  God has given us His written word so we can learn and glean from it.  He has given it to us so we could apply it to our lives, as it gives us proper counsel and power with which to draw from. 

As we read His word daily, it becomes part of our thinking, our reasoning, and it slowly will take over the decision-making variables we use to contemplate our choices. And this is one of our biggest weapons against the temptation to sin. We see the Psalmist stating this fact. 

I have hidden your word in my heart   that I might not sin against you. Psalms 119:11 (NKJV)

Q:         How can we practically be praying the Word? 

Let me suggest an example of prayer combining the following Scriptures – 1Cor. 10:13, Rom. 8:28, and Psalm 143:10.  

“Dear Heavenly Father, I know that no temptation has seized me except what is common to man.  You are faithful and You will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear.  You have told me when I am tempted; You will also provide a way out so that I can stand up under it. And Father, I know You are working all things for good for those who love you - all those who have been called according to Your purpose.  Teach me today to do Your will, for You are my God.  Your Spirit is good; lead me in the land of uprightness. In Jesus name, amen…”

I want to encourage you to look through your bible each day, and as you find scriptures applying to what you or someone you know are going through, faithfully use it as part of your prayer.  It will honor God, and it will change your life as God rewards those who diligently seek Him.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.Hebrews 11:6(NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Nehemiah 1:8 what did Nehemiah pray?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: When you come to God, do you come believing He has the power and will answer your prayer if it is His will?  

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Prayer should never be a last resort; it should be your first and primary plan. Diligently seek God through prayer, and pray the word of God as you make your request known.  If it is His will and it is to be a part of His perfect plan, then it will be done.  Have confidence through your faith In Him.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Heavenly Father, Holy is your name.  I pray Your kingdom come, and Your will would be done here on earth as it is in heaven. Provide my needs today and forgive me of my sins, as I have forgiven those who have sinned against me. Lead me not into temptation, but instead, deliver me from the evil one.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott






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