Nehemiah was a cup bearer for the king. This meant that he had the auspicious servants task of sipping the king’s drink and waiting for a poison to take hold of him. The position was created to keep kings safe from nefarious attacks. Though it was a dangerous and lowly position with no agency, it did give the cup bearer access to the king. This would often make a cup bearer, who the king liked, a tenuous but useful, unofficial member of the royal court. Jeremiah new this and was incorporated it into his prayers. He knew that Israel was in need of repentance, but also had a responsibility to return gods glory, in the nations, to its previous state. He prayed for repentance humbly, both corporately and personally. And he prayed for realistic opportunity to give that repentance a foothold. Even in sorrow, Nehemiah called on God to remember himself and his own want for benevolence amongst his people. When we pray, we can be as dynamic. We should be able to repent and petition as well. The key is to remember that we are talking to a God who is dynamic enough to want and deserve justice, but still love us and desire that we thrive. This is mature communication with God that we should take note of.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts