Silent Prayer

… Then I prayed to the God of heaven, (Nehemiah 2:4 NIV)

After the 70 years of Babylonian captivity the Israelites were allowed to return to Jerusalem by the then ruling Persian kings.  Nehemiah was a cup bear to King Artaxerxes.  He had heard stories about Jerusalem and the rebuilding and they were not good.  God puts a passion in his heart to go to Jerusalem and help the rebuilding.  However, he worked for the king.  How could he go?  His heart was sad.  The king notices his sadness and asks him what was the matter.  The king asks “What is it you want?”  Here was Nehemiah’s chance to ask for a leave of absence to go to Jerusalem.  But first he breathes a word of prayer asking God for guidance on what to say.  God answers his prayer by softening the kings heart and providing everything that Nehemiah needed.

When you are in a difficult situation, you need to make a quick decision, or speak to someone that about Christ, breathe a prayer to the God of heaven from your heart for the wisdom to know what to do and say.  God will give you the wisdom and the words you need for the situation.


Written by Diane Levy


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