by Lesa Schwartz
When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven. I said, “Yahweh, the God of heaven, the great and awe-inspiring God who keeps His gracious covenant with those who love Him and keep His commands, let Your eyes be open and Your ears be attentive to hear Your servant’s prayer that I now pray to You day and night for Your servants, the Israelites. I confess the sins we have committed against You. Both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted corruptly toward You and have not kept the commands, statutes, and ordinances You gave Your servant Moses.” – Nehemiah 1:4-7 (HCSB)
God calls us to pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17). His desire is a continual conversation with us, bringing everything to Him knowing He is just as powerful over all our circumstances as He is over all our sin. At times, we get distracted by all that is going on in our lives personally and we can’t see the bigger picture of what God is up to. We are so focused on our part, we aren’t looking at God, His promises and His provision. Mark Batterson in his book “IF: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities” says it this way: “Doubt is putting your circumstances between you and God. Faith is putting God’s promises between you and your circumstances.”
God not only calls us to pray constantly, He calls us to pray extraordinarily in extraordinary circumstances. There are times when only prayer and fasting can bring us to a laser-like focus of dependence on Him for what only He can bring about. Esther fasted and prayed for the safety of the Jews (Esther 4:15-17). Jesus fasted and prayed while being tempted by Satan (Matthew 4). Nehemiah fasted and prayed for his people and for mercy in the sight of the king. We are fasting and praying for God to show us our part and His provision through us – the Mobberly family – to engage 10,000 East Texas households with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to demonstrate our faith through boldly giving to the Engage10K campaign.
Prayer: Lord, today I want to pray like Nehemiah. I want to offer my prayers to You with fervency and persistence. I offer my personal repentance for allowing things to take Your place in my heart. With humility and brokenness, I come to You, asking that You fill me with faith and expectation.
“God’s power in your life is determined by whether you pray in just special times or all the time. Prayerlessness limits God.” -Rick Warren
Engage10K Request: Pray that God will impress the hearts of our people to give boldly to the Engage10K campaign.