Nehemiah, a Jew born in exile, was deeply grieved upon hearing that the walls of his beloved city, Jerusalem, lay in ruins. Rather than succumbing to despair, he turned to God, embarking on a period of fasting, repentance, prayer, and seeking divine guidance for the task of rebuilding the wall.
A key attribute of Nehemiah’s character is his predilection for prayer before undertaking any significant project. Just as Nehemiah had a distinct calling in his life, each of us who are part of God’s family also has a unique calling. Some have even drawn parallels between Nehemiah’s role and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Today, I encourage you to lend your full attention to the sermon by Reverend Julio Orozco Jr., who will delve deeper into Nehemiah 1:5-11.
Called to An Enormous Task
The Passage: Nehemiah 1: 5-11
5 And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses. 8 Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, 9 but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ 10 They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. 11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”