Nehemiah seeks favor with the king. He reminds God that the people for whom he is praying are those who, in time past, God himself had rescued by his might and power. In essence, Nehemiah is saying, “Do it again, Lord. Do it again for me.” He intercedes not only for the people back in Jerusalem, but also on behalf of his fellow intercessors. What a big heart! He pleads with God to answer their prayer as well because together, as believers, they have a singular aim to see Jerusalem restored.

Do you join others in praying for issues that are close to their heart? The Bible says that when two or more gather in the name of Jesus and petition him concerning their needs, he will be there to bless them. What blessings are you seeking for your city and its people? Are there other groups with whom you are sharing your petitions?

What past victories can you recall? Will you ask God to do it again for you? With whom are you seeking favor? Have you petitioned God for help?

Join a rally that supports a cause that is close to your heart. Pray: Lord, I intercede even now for those who are imprisoned by physical bars. I intercede, too, for those who have become imprisoned by sin. I pray, Lord, for their complete freedom.

Devotional based on Nehemiah 1:10-11

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