I've been spending some time the past couple of weeks studying lessons for Kid's Kamp. This summer's theme is Warriors for Christ. Today I was studying the lesson on Nehemiah and his constant cummunication with God, his commander. As Christians we also are warriors for Christ and God is our commander. The way we communicate with our commander is through prayer.
Nehemiah prayed when he heard that the walls in Jerusalem still had not been rebuilt. He was deeply grieved and shared his heart with God. He spent several days fasting and crying out to God over the sin of Israel. He began asking God for wisdom and guidance on what He wanted Nehemiah to do.
Is there something that you feel God is asking you to do? Are you unsure of how to accomplish it? Are you afraid you're not equipped for the task? Nehemiah was afraid but he did not let that fear stop him from accomplishing the task God had called him to do. "When we allow fears to rule our lives, we make them more powerful than God. God is greater than all of our fears. To recognize your fear is the first step in committing it to God." We must understand that when God calls us he will be there with us equipping us. Sometimes he equips us by sending other people to come along side us to help us. While God is working in our lives, he is also working in the lives of other people preparing them to step up and help complete the task.
There will also be those who not only refuse to help but will try to block our endeavors and hope we fail. This again is where prayer is a vital tool. Constant communication with our commander will confirm His instructions to us and encourage us to keep moving ahead even in the face of opposition. When we combine prayer with preparation and effort, we can accomplish great things for God. We will overcome opposition from others and overcome our own fears of inadequacies. We put action to our faith and make the impossible a reality.
Nehemiah knew with confidence that he could pray to God anytime, anywhere and that God would hear and answer every prayer. Eight times throughout the book of Nehemiah, he offered up spontaneous prayers. How could he be confident in these quick prayers throughout the day? Because he had built an intimate relatonship with God during times of extended prayer. We can have that same confidence by taking time to build a strong relationship with God through times of in depth prayer.
We need to be in constant communication with our Heavenly Father if we want to live our lives with excellence. Sometimes that's a simple "Thank You Lord for your blessings" or "Lord give me strength to be loving to this defiant child". Other times it's an outpouring of our sorrows and pain or a request for wisdom to make the right decisions for our family. A strong relationship with someone requires continuous communication about the big and little things in life. It's the same with our God. If we want to know His purpose and instructions for our lives, we have to communicate with him through prayer and studying His Word. Sometimes the conversations are short and sometimes they are very long and deep.
I encourage you to open up those lines of communication and just start talking to God about everything in your life. Philippians 4:6 says "Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus".
Sounds like a great battle plan to me!!
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