As a Christian, I think one of the most important things we can do is to be intentional in prayer. Nehemiah is a great example of prayer.
When Nehemiah prayed, he changed the world. When He prayed, he did not pray as a victim of circumstance, but rather as a call to action. His prayer was not only for others, it was also a prayer asking what he could do…what God was calling him to do. God wants us to pray HIS WILL into being. He wants to work His will through us.
Remember…It’s not about me, it’s about Him! If we stop focusing only on ourselves and we start focusing on God’s will, I think our prayers can change the world too, because I trust Him.
We too often stop praying because what we are praying for is not being answered. When our prayers aren’t answered, instead of quitting, we need to re-evaluate our prayer. Are we seeking God’s will in prayer? Are we obeying Him?
Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray continually.” Prayer is also when our hearts and minds are constantly in tune with God. He is with us always. We need to tune into Him.
Nehemiah 8:10 says to us, Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.
In order for us to feel JOY, we need to be in the presence of the Lord. It is not our joy, but His joy. We will find joy when our first response is to God through prayer. We will find joy when we trust God to complete His work. We will find joy when we follow God’s commands of us.
All of this requires us to Be Intentional in prayer with Him.