Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 2, 2013

June 2, 2013 “What Do You Want”

“The king said to me, ‘What is it you want?’ Then I prayed to God in heaven.” (Nehemiah 2:4)

Good Morning Sunday Saints!

Do you have a difficult time making decisions? Often, I do. For example, I’ll go to a restaurant and change my mind several times before deciding what it is I want for dinner. then after I make the choice, I think, “Man, I should have gone with my first choice.” That’s just a small thing, but life is full of choices…many far more weighty than what to have for dinner (no pun intended). In this account, the prophet Nehemiah is struggling. He is obviously perplexed, so much so that King Artaxerxes asked him, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.” The king was a discerning man. He understood something was weighing on Nehemiah’s heart, and said so. Nehemiah was burdened, but did not know how to express what was bothering him. Before answering the king, he did something completely spontaneous and wise.  In his account, he writes, “Then I prayed to the God of heaven.” After praying, he was able to articulate what it was that was burdening his heart. The king listened sympathetically as Nehemiah told him of his desire to return to Judah and rebuild the city of his forefathers…Jerusalem. Throughout the process of rebuilding the city, Nehemiah relied on prayer to see the task through to its completion.

How often do you pour out your heart to God? How often do you give him a specific request to answer?  Nehemiah did just that. He included God in his plans and concerns and gave God room to work in his heart. When you are faced with decisions, are you as wise as Nehemiah in turning to God in prayer? Perhaps the King of Heaven is asking you, “What is it you want.”  If an earthly king like Artaxerxes can provide resource as he did, how much more can the King of Glory provide for your needs! Go to him. Tell him what’s on your heart. Tell him what you want. Let’s pray.

Blessed King of Glory; You are the giver of every good and perfect gift. May we with unhesitating hearts come before you and make our petitions known to you, trusting that you will always bless us with exactly what we need in any situation…even in ways we may not expect or anticipate. It is to You, the God of heaven, that we turn this day and make our prayers. Amen.



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