Let’s get chatty.

January 7, 2023 5:13 pm Published by

NO SWEETS: January 9th – 11th

How often would you say to talk to Jesus? If I’m being honest, a lot of days it’s our routine conversations – when I wake-up, before meals, around 6th period when my student who tests me comes in, and before I go to bed. But as we start in this new year, we’re setting before us a vision over our life, finances, relationships, etc. This is not a routine request. So why treat it the same as asking Him to bless the pizza? 

When Nehemiah heard about the destruction of the walls of Jerusalem, he was heart broken. He needed direction and healing for his hurting heart. He fasted and prayed and God gave him an action step. He needed to do something new and God was calling him to it. He rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, where later Jesus would sit to minister to people and perform miracles. Through his fasting and prayer, God aligned Nehemiah’s heart to His and gave direction and clarity on what to do. 

Perhaps, we too should step out in faith and cry out to God in a new way. Setting aside time from our usual routine and instead of reaching for a sweet snack, we take that 2-3 minutes and seek out God, requesting that our hearts align with His. That His will be what we want and share the desires of our heart. Perhaps, if we want God to do something new, something big, we too need to do something new and big. 

God, give us faith + strength to step out in faith in a new way. Align our heart and our desires to your’s. 

Nehemiah 1:4-11

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses. “Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’ “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.

Written by: Kinlee Pruitt

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