Nehemiah 2:4: Then the king said to me, "What would you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven. I said to the king, "If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."
We all know the story of Nehemiah - how he, an exiled Jew in Persia was a cup bearer to King Artaxerxes, the King of Persia. And how King Artaxerxes made possible every provision Nehemiah needed to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Jerusalem wall. No one but the King had the power, authority and command of resources to do this.
God had positioned Nehemiah, he had given Nehemiah favor with the king AND He set it up to where a Persian King would ask a Jewish servant, "What would you request?" In other words, "How can I help you do what you need to do?" God gave Nehemiah position, favor and provision through a source no Jew could have ever expected - a Persian King.
God answers our prayers. Sometimes though, the answer is right in front of us but we are too intimidated, proud or afraid to ask. We pray day and night for a divine connection. Someone who has the means, money or influence to help us or to provide for us the resources we need and oftentimes when God tees up that connection, we are too afraid or proud to open our mouth.
If, when the King had asked Nehemiah how he could help him and Nehemiah had been too intimidated or afraid to say, the wall would not have been rebuilt because God had made a divine connection for Nehemiah with the one person that could bless him with all he needed to get this magnificent work done.
If we aren't attuned to the ways of God, we will miss the hand of God because in order for Him to answer our prayer, it may have to come through someone we least expect - someone in a higher place of authority, an "important" person in the community; or, a person of wealth with the means and influence to just say the word and it is done. But too many of us are too intimidated, proud or afraid when that divine connection comes and even though God has teed it up for us, we won't open our mouth and ask for what we need. And we will miss out on the very blessing we've been praying for.
Don't be too proud or afraid or intimidated to state your need when the person asking is capable of meeting it. That's a teed up divine connection!
Prayer: Father, I thank you that you know our end from our beginning. That you created us all and blessed us all with gifts, talents and resources so that we can be a blessing to each other and build up one another. Show me how I can be a blessing to someone today. You work through people, even those who are not of the household of faith. Help me recognize when you have crossed my path with the one or ones whom you have predestined, positioned and prepared to meet the need I've brought before you. Even more, let me not be too ashamed or intimidated to, like Nehemiah, ask for that which I need to accomplish the work you've given me to do. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Published on Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 4:53 PM CDT