THE MERCY OF NEHEMIAH-1
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”
Nehemiah 2:1 “And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.”
Nehemiah asked God for just one thing “mercy”. He could have asked for different things but he asked for the very thing that unlocks the treasure house of wealth and possibilities to us.
I once read a commentary that described the nature of King Artaxerxes. History has it that nobody must appear before him sad, especially his close aids. The Persians believe if you appear sad before the king you can make him sad and angry such that he will commit an error in judgment.
Even if you’re sad, once you’re about to appear before him, you must put up your best smiles. It is said that if a man appears before the king sad, he can be beheaded!
Nehemiah has never appeared before the king sad but now he needed to in order to win the favour or mercy of the king. He knows if the king favours him, he can have everything he needed for the restoration of Jerusalem.
So, he needed mercy for two things; One, so that he will not be killed for appearing sad and two, so that the king can grant his request and provide resources for him to fix the broken down wall of Jerusalem.
Beloved, the reason why some doors have not opened to you in high places is because you’ve not obtained this kind of mercy.
There is a mercy that forces kings to favour you. Quit praying wrong prayers, command that mercy upon your life today!
To be continued…
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