Devotional- Pray Right Now- AJ Iovino

Posted: May 11, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies

DEVOTIONAL

PRAY RIGHT NOW

 

ANTHONY IOVINO- JULY 11, 2010

 

Have you ever felt compelled to pray, but then put it off?  I have, and when that happens I almost always put off praying.  Procrastination, laziness, lack of urgency seems to set in and take hold.

When I look at the Book of Nehemiah I am amazed at Nehemiah’s humility, his love for God, love for his country and his people.  Nehemiah’s country was in ruins, its walls were broken down and its gates were burned.

Although Nehemiah was in captivity, he had a pretty good life and a prominent position in Artaxerxes kingdom as Cupbearer to the King.  Nehemiah was a man of influence and highly respected in his Persian surroundings.  Yet his love for God overwhelmed him with a stunning sense of urgency.  He had been given a burden and he interceded for his country.  Nehemiah receives word about the Jewish remnant that survived the exile and also aboutJerusalem.

Nehemiah Chapter 1 verse 3 says:

 

“They said to me, those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace.  The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

 

Verse 4 of chapter 1 explains what Nehemiah does in response to hearing this very disturbing news:

  • Nehemiah weeps
  • Nehemiah mourns
  • Nehemiah fasts
  • Nehemiah Prays

Nehemiah’s weeping, mourning, fasting and praying is not momentary.  It lasts for many days.  He hears the news in the month of Kislev and seeks to ask Artaxerxes for permission in the month of Nissan.  This is about 120 days.  Nehemiah is serious and he can sense that this battle is much bigger than him.  He needs God Almighty by his side.

Nehemiah’s prayer in Chapter 1, verses 5 through 11, contain several important components that are very important if our prayer life is going to be truly God centered.  In his prayer Nehemiah demonstrates:

  1. Humility
  2. Adoration
  3. Confession
  4. Reflection
  5. Supplication

When we feel called to pray, we should not put it off.  We need to put everything else aside and no matter what we are going through at the time, we must focus on God.  We need to enter our “Prayer Closet” and make our requests known to God.

I believe our country today is at a crossroad.  We are teetering on going down a path of destruction- politically, economically, and socially.  Our leaders both now and in the recent past have put aside our nations Godly Judeo-Christian Heritage and seem to have forgotten the many blessings we received as a nation for placing God first.  I believe right now, today, we must be like Nehemiah and begin to really reflect on our current crises and weep, mourn, fast and pray before our Lord.  Our walls are in “ruins” and we are in “great trouble and disgrace.”

Nehemiah demonstrated all the characteristics of a Godly Leader.  Strong faith, humility, brave, a man willing to take action even though the consequences might mean his downfall.  He relied fully on God for his wisdom and guidance.  Nehemiah was able to use his God given gifts to also motivate others around him.

But nothing happened until he began to pray!

 

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