I continued our series on prayer this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, “Great Prayers of the Bible“, by looking at the prayers of Nehemiah that spur his role in the rebuilding of Jerusalem after exile. Turning to Nehemiah 1:1-11 and 2:1-8, we see a man troubled by the situation of God’s people and also stewing his way into a life dedicated to seeing something change. With Nehemiah, what might we learn about praying our challenges to God with openness to how we might become the answers to the very prayers that we offer?
This was also our first of two weekends outdoors for our worship services at Eastbrook. You can view the message video and the sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.
“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you.” (Nehemiah 1:5-6)
Being Moved: Allowing Ourselves to be Impacted by Wrong (Nehemiah 1:1-4)
The report to Nehemiah on the situation of Jerusalem (1:1-3)
Nehemiah’s response to the report (1:4)
Moving God in Prayer: Four Pathways of Prayer (Nehemiah 1:5-11)
Recognizing the greatness of God (1:5-6a)
Naming sin before God (1:6b-7)
Calling God to be Faithful (1:8-9)
Asking God to Act (1:10-11)
Being Moved by God: Allowing Ourselves to Become Answers to Prayer (Nehemiah 2:1-8)
Four months of prayer (2:1)
Nehemiah before the king (2:2-3)
The opportunity through prayer (2:4-5)
The answer received (2:6-8)