No matter how much power you have under the hood, you’re not going anywhere if that power can’t make the wheels turn. That’s what a transmission does. Nehemiah had a burden for the Hebrews who had returned to Jerusalem. He prayed to God, the source of power he knew they would need to get the work done. But he did more. He played a key role in turning that power into motion by taking action. He prayed, then asked the king to provide the supplies needed for the work and grant him leave to go and supervise. Prayer and acting in faith are both necessary to get the wheels turning.
Questions for further thought:
1. When you consider your prayer life, are your prayers primarily self-directed or a balanced blend of personal concerns and the needs of others?
2. Think of a time when God showed you that you were the answer to your prayers for a person or situation. How did you respond?
Challenge: Examine your prayers. If you haven’t been praying for the needs of others, shift the balance. If you have, listen to God to hear if he’s calling you to be the answer.
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