Nehemiah 1:11 “O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer”

When you study critically the prayer of Nehemiah from Nehemiah 1:5-11, you’ll notice it was a discussion. That is the prayer of a man that has a relationship with the Father.

He didn’t just badge into the presence of God he observed the protocol of praise, worship and adoration before going into the lengthy discussion. He knew where they were wrong and he prayed a specific kind of prayer, it is called the prayer of intersession.

A prayer of intersession is a prayer of mediation, in which a man can stand in the gap for another man, people or place. It will interest you to know that, from history we know that Nehemiah was born in exile. He has never been to Jerusalem, he only knew about his people from stories he was told. He also knew enough of God’s word to know why his people went into captivity and what needed to be done.

He started by calling God, the One “that keepeth covenant and mercy” and ended it by asking for mercy! I love this man.

Friend, when you don’t know who God is and what he can offer, you wouldn’t know how to ask Him. It is possible for you to get God into a tight place, such that He’ll have no choice but to answer you! I hope your religious mind can take that.

One of the reasons why you must be conversant with scriptures is so that you’ll know what God promised and the requisite protocol for obtaining it. If you don’t know it, you can’t boldly approach God in the place of prayer.

Nehemiah, already told God that He’s a covenant keeping and mercy providing God. He then went ahead to ask for mercy! God cannot deny Him mercy. Nehemiah simply put God on the spot.

To be continued…

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