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Prayer Focus: God values and remembers spiritual fidelity
April 28, 2021 All day
Nehemiah 13:13-14, 22, 28-29, 30-31 NLT
13 I assigned supervisors for the storerooms: Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah, one of the Levites. And I appointed Hanan son of Zaccur and grandson of Mattaniah as their assistant. These men had an excellent reputation, and it was their job to make honest distributions to their fellow Levites.
14 Remember this good deed, O my God, and do not forget all that I have faithfully done for the Temple of my God and its services.
22 Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and to guard the gates in order to preserve the holiness of the Sabbath. Remember this good deed also, O my God! Have compassion on me according to your great and unfailing love.
28 One of the sons of Joiada son of Eliashib the high priest had married a daughter of Sanballat the Horonite, so I banished him from my presence.
29 Remember them, O my God, for they have defiled the priesthood and the solemn vows of the priests and Levites.
30 So I purged out everything foreign and assigned tasks to the priests and Levites, making certain that each knew his work.
31 I also made sure that the supply of wood for the altar and the first portions of the harvest were brought at the proper times. Remember this in my favor, O my God.
Read/Meditate the Scripture: Nehemiah 13:13-14, 22, 28-29, 30-31 NLT
Nehemiah completed the task of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. He also restored the spiritual vitality of the people. What a great personal accomplishment. However, the last chapter of the book recorded four short prayers by him. Each one started with the word “Remember”. Meditate on these prayers. List the feelings, desires, and attitudes being reflected.
What in your life may you ask God to remember?
- Plead with God that we would depend on His great and faithful love, on His provision and protection, and affirm our desire to glorify Him.
- Ask God to remember ACC and restore our first love for Jesus and His gospel. Ask that we regain our zeal for spreading the gospel to our communities in Arlington and Southlake.
- For the next three days, pray daily for 4 people – short prayers starting with “Remember, O God, …” To challenge yourself, extend this daily prayer to 7 days.