Lesson 1 (cont’d)
IV.HE WENT FIRST TO GOD WITH HIS PROBLEM. (Verses 4b-11)
This book shows Nehemiah to be a man of prayer (Nehemiah 2:4; 4:4; 4:9; 4:19; 6:9-14;13:14, 22, 29, 31). We are told that he prayed day and night, so burdened was he for the city(Nehemiah 1:6). In these words of Nehemiah, we see all the characteristics of prevailing prayer.A.
There was earnestness
(Verses 4b). His soul was stirred to its utmost depths.B.
There was knowledge
. It was because Nehemiah knew God that he could pray as he didin Verse 5 (see Daniel 11:22).C.
There was persistence
(Verse 6a). We are told to pray without ceasing (IThessalonians 5:17).D.
There was confession
(Verses 6b, 7). Nehemiah confessed his own sins and the sins of the people (I John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).E.
There was faith
(Verses 8, 9). Faith lays hold upon the Word of God (James 1:5, 6).F.
There was consecration
(Verse 11). In our prayers, we ask amiss if we are not preparedto yield ourselves unto God, and to live for the glory of His name (Romans 6:11-13).
: Your problem, whatever it may be, will not be completely solved until youtake it to God in prayer.1. What is our business as God’s people?2. Approximately how many years was Israel in captivity?3. What office did Nehemiah occupy?4. What priest helped the exiles to return to their homeland?5. Why did the character of the “cupbearer” have to be trustworthy?6. Did success keep Nehemiah from being interested in his homeland?7. Was Nehemiah a man of prayer?8. Nehemiah was burdened and broken hearted so he prayed; how often?9. List the six characteristics of Nehemiah’s prevailing prayer.42