Our prayers are often small and selfish. They come from and expose the desires of our heart towards the lust of the flesh, the eyes or the pride of this life. This wasn’t the case for Nehemiah. His heart was burdened that the city of Jerusalem lay in ruins after Babylon had sacked it many years ago. This wasn’t because of a pride he had in the city, but because he viewed the city as it was meant to be viewed. God had set Jerusalem up as evidence of his glory. His heart was burdened by its disrepair. There were many who wanted it to remain that way. Jeremiah, in much prayer and with strategy began to act on the inclination of his heart towards God’s glory. Through his patience, cunning, foresight and boldness, he was able to execute on his hearts intent. Many Christians expect God to do all the work all the time. Beyond this, Nehemiah knew that his desires were lynchpinned by God’s hand. God’s favor was the most important ingredient in his success. We should cultivate desires in line with God’s desires and cultivate them in prayer and deed.
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.
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