Let your ear be attentive
to the prayer of this your servant
and to the prayer of your servants
who delight in revering your name.
This is the first time we get the sense that Nehemiah shared his broken heart with others – and called others to pray with him. Did you catch it? He prayed that God would be attentive “…to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.” He used the word “servants” – plural.
While God’s Spirit put it on Nehemiah’s heart to take the lead on helping those who were in “great trouble” in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:3), Nehemiah knew others who revered God, and called them to be in prayer too. Maybe they even prayed together.
Remember Jesus’ words, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst”?
Here is the challenge for today: Make a list of one, two, three or more people you know who “revere God’s name” and ask them to gather with you once a week to pray together – or pray over the phone – or to pray at the same time one day of the week (like Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m.). Ask God to be attentive to your prayers – and to the prayers of his servants who delight in revering his name.
Praying together is essential to knowing God’s will and experiencing his blessing.
Who will you ask to be praying with you?