Just 20 years ago who would have ever dreamed that within our nation we would …
— have the Ten Commandments removed from our courthouse walls and Christmas nativity scenes removed from our courthouse lawns?
— or having marriage redefined as no longer explicitly between one man and one woman?
— or contemplating whether “one nation under God” should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?
What is happening in our country?
Well, what’s happening is that we are becoming a nation that is forgetting who God is and therefore, our walls of morality are crumbling and deteriorating quickly.
If you’re a Christian … our current circumstances may ring a bell with you! Remember Nehemiah?
You may recall the story from the Old Testament … it had been over 400 years since Solomon built the great temple in Jerusalem and now it has come to Nehemiah’s attention that the walls and the gates of Jerusalem are in absolute disrepair.
More importantly, though, he realizes that in those 400 years, the nation of Israel has ‘crumbled’ time and time again because of it’s rebellion and disobedience to God.
So, Nehemiah intercedes in prayer on behalf of both the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem. He asks God to forgive the people’s sins, and in effect, give them another chance at being recognized as a nation – – a nation that worships the one true God!
God honored Nehemiah’s prayer of intercession. He did so because Nehemiah was a man of action. God knew that Nehemiah would give more than just lip-service in uniting the nation – – he would fight for it.
It’s incredible to discover that Nehemiah rallied the nation; and the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt in just 52 days!
However, his faithful action also led to a spiritual revival and rebuilding of the nation of Israel as well!!
Perhaps, just perhaps, if each of who claim to be followers of Christ, will pray on behalf of our nation … God will listen and help us turn back to Him.
Will YOU be a Nehemiah?
“O Lord, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for Your people. I confess that we have sinned against You. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned.” – Nehemiah 1:6 (NLT)
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
Dennis Wheeler is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his weekly column The Focus. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.Reach