During last week’s sermon, Reverend Orozco delved into Chapter 9 of Nehemiah, shedding light on the prayer the people presented to the Lord upon the completion of Jerusalem’s walls. The prayer started with acknowledging God’s attributes, beginning with the narrative of creation. Subsequently, they transitioned to a deeper layer in their prayer, mentioning the people’s rebellion in the wilderness and God’s forbearance. Today, we will examine the remainder of this prayer and discern how its structure and message should echo in our own spiritual lives.
A Prayer Model Part 2
The Passage: Nehemiah 9: 16-21
16 “But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments. 17 They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.[c] But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. 18 Even when they had made for themselves a golden[d] calf and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,’ and had committed great blasphemies, 19 you in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud to lead them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night to light for them the way by which they should go. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. 21 Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.
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