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July 6, 2017

July 6, 2017

"The Answer to Answered Prayer"

“Then (Nehemiah said), ‘Oh Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps His covenant of unfailing love with those who love Him and obey His commands, listen to my prayer … I confess that we have sinned against you. … Please remember what you told your servant Moses:  If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations.  But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’ …Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me.  Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” 
Nehemiah 1: 5 – 11 NLT

Look at that prayer of Nehemiah.  There are four things you want to notice:  first, Nehemiah based his request on God’s character.  He knew that God answered prayer.  He trusted that God’s answer would be the best.  

Second, confess the sins of which you are aware.  Nehemiah didn’t hold back that there was sin.  He didn’t do them but knew that the nation had sinned.  They needed to admit their sin and turn back to God. 

Third, claim the promises of God.  He promises blessings for those who obey; consequences for those who disobey.  We have to make our decision about how we will act.  

Fourth, be very specific in what you ask for.  If your prayers are general, how will you know if God is answering them?  When you let God know specifically what needs to happen; then see that happening you can take that step out in faith.  

Nehemiah was bold in his praying.  He wasn’t hesitant to pray for success.  How about you?  After all, if you’re doing what God is telling you to do, don’t you think He’d want you to succeed at it?  

You see when you’re doing what God wants you to do success is really about fulfilling the purpose He’s given you in life.  It’s not about the accomplishment.  It’s about the obedience you offer to God in doing what He commands.  

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don