Nehemiah 1:3-7 They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”
4 When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. 5 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, 6 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! 7 We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that You gave us through Your servant Moses.
I have been in church all of my life and I have never seen anyone pray the way God’s people did in the Bible. In the Bible there is a forceful passion without any messing around these people pray what they feel. It makes me wonder how we can see their prayers and the results that they achieved and yet we don’t follow their example?
“Hey God, it’s me again, I know you are busy and you have other more important things. I know you already know this but let me just ask this one thing if it’s your will… Sorry to bother you.”
That’s not the kind of prayer that Nehemiah prayed! Nehemiah spoke to God with passion, he wasn’t afraid to say “Listen to my prayer!” God wants to hear the emotion, he wants to hear how we really feel, he can handle it! Nehemiah wasn’t being disrespectful, he showed that he revered God. He began by saying “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God.”
We don’t dare pray with an exclamation mark! It seems too demanding and rude we come to God all shy and timid, afraid to make a request. We know that God knows everything and he has a plan and a purpose for everything so we think that maybe we shouldn’t bother God with our little problem.
God’s children should be able to talk to their heavenly Father boldly! I pray that you will speak to him freely and with passion.