Nehemiah could be the poster boy for a man who passionately sought breakthrough for his inheritance to be restored by Almighty God.
[Neh 2:2-8] So the king said, “Why do you look so sad? You’re not sick. Something must be bothering you.”
Even though I was frightened, I answered, “Your Majesty, I hope you live forever! I feel sad because the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and its gates have been burned down.”
The king asked, “What do you want me to do?”
I prayed to the God who rules from heaven. Then I told the king, “Sir, if it’s all right with you, please send me back to Judah, so that I can rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.”
And the king said to me (the queen also sitting by him), “For how long shall your journey be? And when will you return?”
So it pleased the king to send me, and I set him a time. And I said to the king, “If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, so that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, so that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which belong to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house into which I shall enter. “
And the king granted me what I asked, according to the good hand of my God upon me.
Nehemiah sought the Lord and risked all to see Jerusalem restored. We can learn five lessons, five important keys to breakthrough from the life of Nehemiah.
Key #1. Fast, mourn, pray and seek His Face.
[Nehemiah 1:4] As soon as I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days. I come to you fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Take time to just sit down and weep in the Presence of God. Fast at least once a week. Let this become a natural overflow of our life in God. We will draw the attention of God to our situation. If the Holy Spirit inside you is groaning, submit to release His heart through you. Like Nehemiah, may our cry reach Heaven! Let your tears begin to speak for you.
If I cry before the Presence of God, I will not cry before the presence of man.
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Key #2. Worship Him. We all need help but can we worship Him first?
Our God is our covenant-keeping God. We can trust in Him.
[Neh 1:5] And I said, “I pray You, O Jehovah, the God of Heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and mercy for those who love Him and keep His commandments”.
As we remember Him and His goodness, faith is activated and our prayers become passionate for God’s heart, knowing His constant faithfulness to keep His word.
Key #3. Repent.
[Neh 1:6] Let Your ear now be open, and Your eyes open, so that You may hear the prayer of Your servant, which I pray before You now, day and night, for the sons of Israel Your servants, and confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both I and my father’s house have sinned.
Our God is too perfect. If there is fault, it is with us. Therefore, we must confess our sins. Let there be nothing in our life which stops us from coming before the feet of God. We must keep bringing our sin to God because the only way the enemy can attack is through unconfessed sin.
Key # 4. Remember our God and use His Word as a memorial offering.
[Neh 1:8] I pray You, remember the Word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, If you sin, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you turn to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though you were cast out to the outermost part of the heavens, yet I will gather you from there and will bring you to the place that I have chosen to set My name there.
Nehemiah prayed from the Word, knowing that what God said, God will do. There is immeasurable power released when we pray God’s Word back in petition before Him.
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Key #5. Remember what the Lord has done.
[Neh 1:10] And these are Your servants and Your people whom You have redeemed Your great power and by Your strong hand.
The Word is replete with the testimonies of God’s faithfulness and power. Stir up your faith and let your expectation in God’s goodness so capture your heart that you will not quit until you see His goodness made manifest in your life!
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