Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
For days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.
(Nehemiah 1:4 (NLT))
Nehemiah did something that we seem to ignore today!
It is the first two words of this passage – for days.
We have become such an instant gratification society that if something does not happen immediately, too many of us simply give up.
We mourn. We fast. We pray to God, but when God doesn’t answer on our time table, we assume that the answer is no. Nehemiah knew differently. He knew that God is like the judge in the following parable.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, `Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
(Luke 18:1-8 (NIV))
We must be persistent in our prayers. God answers every prayer, but He takes great joy in granting justice for those who call upon His name.
Do you call out for days or do you utter a few words and give up?