It is my privilege to continue this write-up. This is second series of the Biblical Perspectives of Loving and Caring for Own People. In this series I am going to blend two important ingredients that a person who loves and cares his or her own people should have for our consideration. These ingredients were also taken from the life Nehemiah, man of God. He was the one who asked the condition of his people and wept at his people’s distress as we saw in our first part of this series.
Loving enough to Pray; Caring enough to Volunteer
“Real prayer keeps your heart and your head in balance so your burden doesn’t make you impatient to run ahead of the Lord and ruin everything. As we pray, God tells us what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.” [Warren W. Wiersbe, Bible Exposition Commentary (OT)].
It has been said, “Prayer is not for our wills to accomplish in heaven, but God’s will in our lives.” Payer is a means to unleash the power of God display in our lives. Nehemiah after hearing the depressing condition of his people, back there in Jerusalem, fasted and prayed earnestly to the God of heaven (Neh.1:5-11). This was the first step he took after knowing the fact of the uncomfortable life of his people. And this shows that he trusted in the power of God to accomplish for the task to restore the living condition of his people.
It is sad many of us often fail to pray genuinely before we start taking responsibility for most of our works. Being Christian we must realize the omnipotence of God in everything we do. We have to do things by acknowledging that God is in control of everything that happens in our lives or our people. God’s omnipotence is strength for our mission, not a permission for our idleness. When we pray earnestly, God gives us direction for the task that needs to be done in a right way at the right time.
It is easy, in one sense, to pray for something to accomplish without ourselves willing to get involved into it. I’ve heard a preacher on the air who said that if a pastor or even Christian says: “I will pray about it,” after knowing a genuine need of a brother or sister but does nothing at all, is like saying ‘I can’t do anything about it.’ Nehemiah was not that kind of man. He prayed out of genuine concern for his people and volunteered to do something for them, even leaving the palace.
It seems that it was Nehemiah’s readiness to do great work for his people God put the burden in his heart (Neh. 2:12). Nehemiah, like Isaiah the prophet, had “Here am I. Send me” (Isa. 6:8b) attitude. Whenever God wants to accomplish something, He always finds people who are available. Are we the kind of people God is looking for to make changes in our society? Are we taking time to pray for our people and looking opportunities to do for something good in the society?
It is being said, “It is never too late to do a right job.” If we are loving enough to pray for our people and caring enough to volunteer to make changes in our society; indeed, it is never too late to do something worthwhile accomplishing for the common good of our society. May the Lord help us to have genuine concern for the people we pray!
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites… pray to your Father, who is unseen…for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” said our Lord Jesus (Mathew 6:5-8, NIV)
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (Eccl. 9:10, NIV)