From this prayer we see Ezra’s humility. Nehemiah knew Who he was praying to. It is empowering to know that birth into the Kingdom of God is available to anyone by hearing the call to salvation, choosing to reject and repent of sin, and turning away from sin toward Christ Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name…” — Nehemiah 1:2b-11 (ESV) Nehemiah’s example is not only inspiring but it is instructive. Why did God create a people for Himself? God’s Passion for His Glory [Crossway Books], also touches on it in his book for pastors, Brothers, We are NOT Professionals [Broadman & Holman]. The more gloomy types will especially need to work at joy in the Lord, but even the upbeat types need to cultivate this quality, because it is not the joy of an upbeat personality, but the joy of the Lord that we need. Again, there is a paradox (or irony) in Scripture. In our intercessory prayer, for example, we could pray for the Iraqis because we are like them a member of the fallen human race. It is important to observe, however, that Nehemiah's "arrow prayer" is not the extent of his prayer life, but rather the overflow. Daniel was contemplating the reason for the 70 year Babylonian captivity: Israel’s sin and rebellion against God. The phrase, "great and awesome God" is striking. 4-5). �. Thirty years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court made it legal to kill babies in the womb right up to the time of birth for just about any reason. He did not say, “among whom I used to be foremost of all,” but rather, “I am foremost of all.” The closer Paul walked with God and gazed upon His perfect righteousness, the more he was aware of his own sinfulness, even though in his daily walk he was growing in holiness. They continue to discuss how there is nothing more beautiful than true repentance. [There is a place for a structured schedule and principled prayer and Bible study as a spiritual discipline.] 0000001734 00000 n LISTEN NOW! The prayer itself can be looked at through an acronym ACTS (Nehemiah, Learning To Lead, James Montgomery Boice). Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! 0 Nehemiah is the central figure of the Book of Nehemiah, which describes his work in rebuilding Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. We ought to read this chapter and realize that we’re looking in the mirror. Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. Nehemiah’s Prayer for National Repentance Now it happened in the month Chislev,in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capitol, that Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men from Judah came; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had survived the captivity, and about Nehemiah was not even born with Nebuchadnezzar took the captives to Babylon (2 Chronicles 36). 0000024040 00000 n The news was bad, and so Nehemiah turned to God in a heartfelt prayer of confession. x�b```"V�(~���2�0pt80��%�CӍ 1 Jn.1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. “I created [them] for my glory” (Isa. This prayer in Nehemiah 9 shows that we are so prone to sin, but God is so rich in mercy. 0000001009 00000 n The Word of God reveals to us the true condition of our hearts. 7-8): This is no isolated note in the symphony of redemptive history. This reflects Exodus 9:16, where the Lord says concerning Pharaoh, “For this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.” Paul cites that verse in Romans 9:17 and then goes on to assert God’s sovereignty by saying, “So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.” He does not say, as many would like the verse to say, “He has mercy on whoever trusts in Christ, and He hardens all those who reject Christ.” Rather, Paul puts the reason for God’s giving or withholding mercy solely on God’s good pleasure, and not at all on anything in man. Again, just like Ezra, the king granted his request generously because the gracious hand of God was on him (Nehemiah 2:8). A Prayer of Repentance. And yet, the more godly you become, the more you are aware of the terrible depravity of your own heart. The walls and the people become two fitting tributes to Nehemiah’s God-honoring leadership. Hezekiah's prayer flows out of his profound knowledge of God's purpose and the ways in which God glorifies himself. They must cry out to God for themselves, and then for the people. As I thought about Nehemiah’s repentance in verses 5-8 I noticed how he took ownership of the sins of his nation. 0000006576 00000 n We learn that decisively from the book of Job. Why is he mistaken? 0000021931 00000 n Nehemiah's Prayer. The chapter goes on to describe the abundant blessings that God provided for His people. There has been repentance and a renewed obedience among the returnees, Nehemiah is arguing. Many Christians think that God’s mercy and grace are contingent on our faith or (even worse) on our works, whereas Scripture plainly declares that our faith and our works are contingent on God’s mercy and grace. Nehemiah 9 should be linked with Nehemiah 8, where the people heard God’s Word read and wept in repentance as they realized how seriously they and their forefathers had sinned. The book opens with a prayer of confession and direction (Neh. 2 – July 27-August 2, 2015 for the State of Oregon . 148-149) to point out that what these people did in confessing the sins of their fathers (9:2) was the opposite of what most people do today. endstream endobj 20 0 obj<> endobj 22 0 obj<> endobj 23 0 obj<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]/ExtGState<>>> endobj 24 0 obj<> endobj 25 0 obj<> endobj 26 0 obj<> endobj 27 0 obj<> endobj 28 0 obj<>stream •V.8, Thanksgiving, Remember…(repeated word): When God remembers He acts upon His covenant promises to do what He said He would do. Adoration Confession Thanksgiving Supplication (also called entreaty) Today we'll cover Adoration and Confession, and, Lord willing, next week we'll cover Thanksgiving and Supplication. It continues to list the many gracious blessings that God conferred on His disobedient and ungrateful people (9:20-25). Prayer is acknowledging the promises of God whether good or evil. Seeking forgiveness he acknowledged his sin as acting “very corruptly” against the Lord and all the commands given by the Lord (v7). In what sense and to what degree should we confess the sins of our fathers (Neh. I. The original Daniel Prayer was a desperate plea uttered by one man, Daniel, on behalf of his nation—Judah—that had come under God’s judgment. They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. Priests and Levites, 12:1-26 B. Rededicating the Wall, 12:27-47 C. Reviving the People, 13:1-31 1. On this site and by means of this prayer, we invite “our leaders, our Levites and our priests” to come together in the place of UNITY, and to enact a “written decree” that, having repented before the Lord, we now establish Then pray ALONG the path. Hezekiah's Petitions. We’re prone to compare ourselves to others, invariably to those who aren’t quite as godly as we are. That is just wrong. Once again, we see both in the Lord’s Prayer (Forgive us our trespasses) and in Nehemiah’s prayer, a familiar format, by moving from praise to repentance. But Jerusalem's walls and gates are in ruins. In Ephesians 2, after stating that we were dead in our trespasses and sins (vv. Why did God predestine us in love to be His sons? The king noticed that Nehemiah had a heavy heart and asked him if he was troubled, giving Nehemiah the opportunity to ask for some time off to return to Jerusalem. Therefore. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Heb. The prayer of Nehemiah opens up with him appealing to the character of God. This is the great news of the gospel, that no matter how awful and terrible and numerous your sins are, God’s grace is greater! PRAYER BULLETIN No. Along with Ezra 9 and Daniel 9, it is one of the great prayers of confession in the Bible. Other cities, 11:25-36 3. Confession. His prayer is an example of humility and genuine faith in the mercy and power of God to intervene on his behalf (1:3-11). God has scattered as he said he would, and he has gathered, according to his promise. We have acted very wickedly toward you. 7. It is one thing to sin repeatedly if you do not know God, but it is far worse to sin repeatedly when you have tasted of God’s grace and love. 9:16). Hezekiah's Petitions. “Both I and my family have sinned,” he confessed. Sin deceives and blinds us to our true condition. Petition. In his prayer, we see that Nehemiah repents, accepting his share of the blame (even though he wasn’t there) for the need to rebuild. If time permits, we’ll briefly look at Nehemiah 1 as an example of confession on behalf of … It is full of rich instruction about who God is, who we are, and how God has graciously worked on behalf of His people. NASB Neh 1:6 let Thine ear now be attentive and Thine eyes open to hear the prayer of Thy servant which I am praying before Thee now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Thy servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against Thee; I … Vision: 52 Days of United Prayer for the States of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska and the Province of British Columbia “So the wall was finished in the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul, in 52 days.” Nehemiah 6:15 . We think, “I’m not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. You may think, “But you don’t know the extent of my sins!” That’s true, I don’t know, but God does and He reveals Himself as a “God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness” (9:17). Work your way through Nehemiah 9 and see as in a mirror your own heart. Follow by Email Search. 4:12-13). The same observation applies to Nehemiah 9. 9:2)? PM Bible Study Group: February 26, 2020 from Nehemiah 9:1-38. You may still think, “But you don’t know how often I have sinned, even after coming to know Jesus Christ.” True, but God does know and He reveals Himself here as a God who keeps on forgiving, not because people deserve to be forgiven, but rather in spite of their not deserving to be forgiven. Reforming the Nation, 11:1-13:31 A. Repopulating the Cities, 11:1-12:26 1. Believers should rejoice always, and yet we should mourn over our sins. Chapter 12: The priests and Levites listed. Then (2:8-9) he repeats, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Paul could not make it clearer, that it was when we were dead that God made us alive and saved us by His grace. Nehemiah’s prayer was specific: “grant him mercy in the sight of this man” (the king). 0000008390 00000 n startxref The same word was used for the “butler” (in Genesis 40). A Muslim may choose any language and wording to express feelings of remorse and return to God as long as they do not contain expressions contrary to the prophetic teachings. I was better off when I was in the world.”. 0000000016 00000 n Because we are so prone to sin and because God is so rich in mercy, ongoing repentance should mark our lives. Daniel was contemplating the reason for the 70 year Babylonian captivity: Israel’s sin and rebellion against God. Nehemiah didn't pray just because it was time to pray. 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Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, Daniel’s Prayer and Repentance. Journey through the Principle. Others can commit serious sins with hardly a twinge of conscience and shrug it off with a glib, “We’re under grace!” If you are the gloomy type, you probably need to camp out in passages like Romans 8, which asks, “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? )Thank God for His promise that if you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. We need those rich and deep roots of piety out of God's own Word to fill our hearts so that we might glorify him. For we always seem to ourselves righteous and upright and wise and holy—this pride is innate in all of us—unless by clear proofs we stand convinced of our own unrighteousness, foulness, folly, and impurity. This was an important position, as he would taste the king’s wine to make sure it was not poisoned. [Julia H. Johnston]. Ongoing repentance takes sin seriously and takes the necessary steps to break from it. Nehemiah recounts the promises made in the Law that God would grant life to the people if they obeyed Him but punishment if they disobeyed Him (Deuteronomy 28-30). The importance of patience Nehemiah realized the urgency of the situation and prayerfully requested, “Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man” (1:11, New International Version). Again the law of the Lord is read for several hours, and then the Levites, perhaps led by Ezra, pray in repentance, asking God to take note of their subservience to a foreign king (9:5-38). Nehemiah 9:5. •Vv.4-11, Nehemiahs prayer – the foundation of Gods calling •Content of prayer (ACTS – adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) •V.5, Adoration: ZGreat and awesome God •V.6b – 7, Confession: x3, open, free unconditional language. There has been repentance and a renewed obedience among the returnees, Nehemiah is arguing. It is not surprising that in a book which deals with the need to reform one’s faith and practiced confession is found as part of the prayers. Lord Jesus, I’m tired of the sin struggle in my life. How much worse does it need to get before we humble ourselves in repentance and prayer to God? How could they be so hardhearted?” It’s also easy to read this account and think, “How can my mate be so prone to sin? Therefore, 3. “God’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy His glory forever.” Piper explains why this is important. Nehemiah is the central figure of the Book of Nehemiah, which describes his work in rebuilding Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. If we have not repented of our sins, we have not truly believed in Jesus Christ in a saving way. Prevailing Prayer And Providential Provision (Nehemiah 2:1-8) Proposition: Every child of God can see God do the impossible through the power of prayer by tracing the example Nehemiah in these following verses. God saw the desire of Nehemiah’s heart to serve his people and faithfully answered his prayer. Theme: We are given a model prayer of repentance for a time of revival. One popular author argues that if we view ourselves as sinners, we will sin more. Why is it important to see that God’s chief aim in salvation is His glory even above our well being. The Bible lays bare the true condition of our hearts before God. Nehemiah recounts the promises made in the Law that God would grant life to the people if they obeyed Him but punishment if they disobeyed Him (Deuteronomy 28-30). David's prayer is a classic prayer of repentance. I feel distant from You. THE PRAYER OF REPENTANCE. “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.”.