These are the regular devotional thoughts of Pastor Marvin McKenzie from Bible Baptist Church in Puyallup Washington.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Nehemiah 1:10-11 KJV An Answer To His Own Prayer
Nehemiah 1:10-11 (KJV) Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.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.
What an interesting way to end a prayer. It is obvious that Nehemiah was recording this as a narrative and expected it to be read years if not generations after the fact. Is it possible that he knew this to be Holy Scripture as he penned it?
Nehemiah had heard of the sad condition of Jerusalem and prayed to God for something to be done about it. But Nehemiah knew himself to be in a unique position to be the answer of his own prayer. As the king’s cupbearer he was able to appeal directly to him for help. He was not only a king’s cupbearer but for the very king who could make a difference. From his request to the king we can see that Nehemiah had already devised in his mind a way to make that difference.
Very often when God puts a thing on our heart He has also put us in a position to be the answer to that for which we pray. We ought to pray. We ought to seek God’s answers. But as we do so we ought also to evaluate our own unique opportunities to affect the answer.
Nehemiah said, “he was the king’s cupbearer.” The answer was going to forever change his life. How prepared are we to have our lives changed, maybe even turned upside down, in order to make a difference for God?
Nehemiah’s accomplishments have been forever recorded. So may ours; no, not in a new chapter of the Bible, but in the history halls of heaven.
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Nehemiah 1:10-11 An Answer To His Own Prayer
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