THE WORD FOR TODAY
Nehemiah 1-3 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Nehemiah 1:4 4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Galatians 6:2 in the ESV says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Today’s passage is about a “burden bearer” that made a difference.
Hanani visited Nehemiah one day while he was in exile. Nehemiah inquired about the condition of the Jews in Jerusalem. He was told, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” This news caused hm great pain to point of weeping and mourning. But don’t miss his response to that pain…he fasted and prayed to the God of heaven.
I remember waking up to the news that a group of missionaries reportedly trying to help with the children in Haiti were arrested for kidnapping. Today, all but one of them has been freed and don’t expect any charges. My heart went out to this group of Christians who wanted to make a difference but just the opposite happened. Even with unknown circumstances I prayed for these missionaries and the serious danger they faced. We can help bear the “burdens” of the hurting through the powerful privilege of prayer. Today if you know someone who is hurting because of circumstances that are overwhelming…PRAY!
You know the pain of those who weep because life can be so difficult. Reveal Yourself in powerful ways in their life this day LORD…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!