FRIDAY March 3, 2017
“O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cupbearer.
Nehemiah, in his petition asked God for specific help. He needed God to bless his endeavors. Nehemiah prayed for the king’s heart to be turned favorably towards him as the king’s cup bearer and that he would be granted provision from the heathen king. What was Nehemiah ready to do? Nehemiah was willing to step out by faith, trusting God for His mercy, and that the Lord would prosper and provide for all of his needs.
Notice Nehemiah was not praying alone. He mentioned there was a remnant of people, who feared God’s name, also praying to the Lord for Israel’s spiritual restoration. According to Nehemiah 2:1, Nehemiah stayed silent for about three or four months. Nisan is the first month of the Jewish calendar, in the spring, which coincides with March and April.
Nehemiah’s humble prayer closed with an expression of confidence. He would wait on God’s perfect timing to bless him. Nehemiah, was neither sad nor depressed, he kept the joy and peace of God in his life while he waited. He was a straight shooter––an honest and forthright person who showed himself faithful in the small things. Now God would give him the greater things––an incredible mission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
What about you and me, have we been faithful in the little things? Jesus after teaching a parable taught this important truth:
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities (Luke 16:10 NLT).
When we have been faithful in the little things, only then can God entrust us with His greater projects.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”