“Then the king said unto me, For what dost (do) thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres (tombs), that I may rebuild it. And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.”Nehemiah 2:4-6
We recently had a state of the union address in our nation, and it seemed to bring about more confusion than clarity. It did not unify, but it further divided people. Our nation is torn on every side and there is always someone looking for a fight, whether it be in person or on social media. Things have gotten worse in our nation and world, which is exactly what the Bible states will happen as mankind grows worse and worse. We are not helpless or hopeless, but people are just acting like the devil they follow. We live in a delusional world where facts are being questioned and where craziness is deemed as truth. There are parody accounts named “Clown World” that depict the craziness of what is going on in our current world.
We as Christians are not without hope as we know who controls all things, and who is in ultimately in control. Although we have hope, we sometimes act like we do not and we argue and fight with anyone who will engage us on social media or in the work place. We complain to others about our “king”, which in our case is our president, but do we pray for him and others in charge? I am guilty of not praying for our president and leaders, and I find it easier to complain and even laugh at what goes in our nation. I don’t bend the knee to lift our leaders up, and I also fail to pray for our nation which is not in need of simple political change, but is in need of almighty God. We sometimes feel that if we had a different leader, then things would be fixed, but we fail to see that we live in a fallen world and that there is only one remedy for a fallen world.
God is the hope of our nation and the world. Our coins are imprinted with the phrase ”In God We Trust”, but can we truly say that this still holds true? Can we as Christians say in our own life that God is who we trust? If so, do we pray like we trust in Him? When we talk to others, do they know our hope is in God or do they walk away in a worse condition than they were prior to our conversation? It is one thing to say we trust in God and quite another to actually trust in Him. We need to show our world that we are not hopeless even in the direst of times, but that we have hope beyond all hope in the God who created the universe and holds it in place. Prayers take work and time, but true change will not come without it.
Nehemiah was face to face with the king, and he knew it was something he could not take lightly. He had to be careful in how he answered the king’s question, so he did what all of us should do in this situation, he prayed. He prayed to the God of heaven and then made his request to rebuild his city that was torn down and desolate. A city that he had prayed over several times I am sure, and his concern showed even to the king he was serving. True change did not come simply because he made his request, but because he prayed to God and then took action on his request. He didn’t have hope in the king, but his hope was placed in almighty God who holds the heart of the king and turns it according to His will.
Will you pray for our nation? Will you pray for our president? Will you give hope to those who ask you of your hope or will you complain about those in charge? Although the price of gas and eggs may be unpredictable and high, our God does not change and He is in control. May we pray like our nation and world depends on it because it truly does, and may we take action on the prayers we make. There is power in prayer, and may we never underestimate what almighty God can do in our country through the requests of His saints.