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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nehemiah 2:2 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Esteemed, and He Prayed.  Topics:  2 at end.

Nehemiah 2:2 (Pt. 2)  “So the king said to me, ‘Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart.’ Then I was very much afraid.  Then the king said to me, ‘What would you request?’ So I prayed to the God of heaven.”  (NASB®) http://www.lockman.orghttp://www.bible.com (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com). 

Oh for leaders who know their top executives well – even well enough to know when they are depressed over something!  Such is the case with Nehemiah and king of Persia.  King Artaxerxes notices Nehemiah’s sadness (today perhaps we would say Nehemiah felt depressed – and looked it). 

The beauty of this situation, in addition, is Nehemiah’s reaction to the king’s question about what it was that was bothering his cupbearer.  Nehemiah was at first afraid to tell the king what was making him sad.  But when the king directly asked Nehemiah what was bothering him, Nehemiah did what?  He prayed!  Instant, on-the-spot-and-under-pressure praying.  It seems it was an automatic thing for Nehemiah to do when under pressure:  Pray.

What would our world today be like if rulers knew their in-command-under-them people as well as Artaxerxes knew Nehemiah?  And what if those in powerful places under a leader had such a response to pressure, the response to immediately pray?  Things would be greatly different, wouldn’t they?

OF course, as cupbearer, Nehemiah was responsible, if a situation warranted it, for tasting the king’s drinks to verify that they were not poisoned.  That position in itself had life-threatening potential!  Really, Nehemiah’s service to the king was of the highest order and highly esteemed.  But when Nehemiah is asked to share his feelings, he turns to the true Authority, God on high.  He just prays.  This, in some ways, shows his humility even though his job is one of great influence in society.  Cupbearers were often confidantes of kings.

Lord, those of us who are in positions of leadership, such as in pro-life endeavors, ask you to help us understand those who are working alongside us, though at a lesser level of authority than we ourselves hold.  If we can see them as You see them, Lord, then we will have better understanding of their lives.  Help us, Lord, to be aware of what is going on in their lives, through Your eyes, and help us to be as kind as the pagan king of Persia was.

Topics:  Pray to be aware of what is going on in the lives of those around us, that we may effectively serve, whatever our calling, pro-life or otherwise.     
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 09/29 at 01:35 AM
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