Read Nehemiah 2:11-20. I can think about experiences I have missed out on in my life because I was worried or fearful about something. Have you ever missed out on something because you looked at it with the eyes of fear rather than the eyes of faith?
Nehemiah had every reason to be fearful about what he would face when he reached Jerusalem. Powerful enemies of Israel did not want the walls to be rebuilt. Indeed, Nehemiah had already asked the king for letters of authority to grant him safe travel to the city.
So where did Nehemiah find the courage to fulfil God’s vision? He prayed. In fact, according to Nehemiah 1 he spent four months praying and waiting on God before he acted. Pray helps bolster our belief. It helps us to put our trust in the One we are conversing with. It helps us to let go of our fears and our worries and to see clearly with faith.
God has good plans for you. He has a vision of his purpose for your life. He has good plans for your church too. Prayer will help you to see that vision clearly and the next step of action God wants you to take towards it.
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
- What action does God want you to take today in faith towards his vision for your life?
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