The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
5 And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:
9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.
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The prophets prayer was “I beseech thee, O Lord God of Heaven”…
Have you ever been in a situation that was so tough that all you could do was cry, that there seemed to be no other solution than prayer? Well, that was the experience of Nehemiah. And you too can experience the joys of answered prayer as you personally reach out to God, pleading with Him to answer the voice of your prayer! In other words, beseeching the Lord for people who are “in great affliction and reproach.”
I know that there are a great number of parents whose souls suffer great affliction as they earnestly pray for their children who are in spiritual darkness. They weep and pray day and night that God may deliver their sons and their daughters out of the enemy’s hand. And these burdened parents are confessing to God the sins of their children, actually sometimes going to the extent of identifying themselves as partakers in their children’s sins.
As serious and important as it is for parents to pray for their children, it is equally important that each of us seek the Lord for ourselves. We each need the spirit of Nehemiah in our lives every day!
Originally from South Africa, as of this writing Jason is studying Media at Hartland College, Rapidan, Virginia USA