December 15, Reading 1 – Nehemiah 1, 2

Reading

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SAA Notes

A cupbearer to a king is one of the most trusted officials – the king trusts him with his life every day. There were a number of Iranian kings called Artaxerxes. Without its walls, Jerusalem was open to every bandit raid on its inhabitants by the bikie/camel gangs of the day from the surrounding non-Jewish tribes.

SJA Notes

“And the king said to me, ‘What are you requesting?’ So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I say to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, …'”

How important prayer is for us!

And here with Nehemiah we have a clear example of the practical nature of prayer as it works within the rest of life.

Nehemiah prayed in the middle of a conversation!

Perhaps it was a close of the eyes, or a bow of the head for a moment.

What we know is that Nehemiah prayed at a critical junction point, after the king had asked him a weighty question.

This is a wonderful encouragement for us, how we are to be about prayer!

* Dear God Above,

Thank You that we can come before You in prayer.

You are the one, true and ever-blessed God. There is none like You.

And You have chosen us, saved us, called us and You now sanctify us.

Please Lord, help us to reflect You and Your light to those around us.

Help us to take the opportunities You give to tell people the good news of Jesus!

Amen.

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