In the book of Nehemiah, we find a kind of patriot that is rare indeed. Called by God to go back and rebuild the walls of his broken down city, Nehemiah goes against every odd and finds himself completing the task amidst amazing pushback.
“When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repairs of the walls of Jerusalem were going so well—that the breaks in the wall were being fixed—they were absolutely furious. They put their heads together and decided to fight against Jerusalem and create as much trouble as they could. We countered with prayer to our God and set a round-the-clock guard against them.” Nehemiah 4:7-9
At every turn he is discouraged, undermined, outwitted and manipulated.
But build he does.
And in record time.
Now many of you may have guessed that I am a conservative. And no, this is not even a slight reference to Trump’s willingness to build a wall.
This is a call to prayer.
If you have read or studied Nehemiah at all, you will have immense respect for an Old Testament dude that so few of us recognize for the hero that he is. I encourage you to read the book.
And I encourage you to do as he does.
At every turn, when encountering the impossible, he prays.
In most cases, he doesn’t even take the time to answer his opponents and he just goes to his knees. Sometimes he is praying while building and simultaneously holding a weapon. This guy doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. But he does know the meaning of the word pray.
Folks, we need to pray. We need to pray for our nation and we need to pray for our families. We need to be lifting one another up instead of ripping one another apart on social media. We have 19 days left until this election and we need to make the most of them in our prayer times.