A Perpetual Construction Zone

“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer

of your servants who delight in revering your name” (Nehemiah 1:11a  NIV).

Ruth Graham once saw a highway sign she liked so much that she had the words inscribed on her tombstone: “End of construction. Thank you for your patience.” Whether we are on a personal journey to spiritual maturity or attempting to rebuild a nation on godly foundations, we must accept the fact that it’s a perpetual process.

In ancient times, one of God’s more severe disciplinary measures Israel endured was their time in Babylonian captivity. Eventually released to return home, they found political, social, and spiritual conditions in their homeland were in shambles. When Nehemiah appears on the scene, the walls of Jerusalem were still in ruins because of the habitual laziness of the people and a failure to learn from the lessons of the past. He was not a priest or theologian but a passionate servant of God. He was so moved over the affairs in his homeland that he wept, prayed, planned, and began the task of reconstruction.

You do not have to be a minister, prayer leader, or great theologian to participate in rebuilding America. Begin with the following:

  1. Respond with prayer—intense, strategic prayers and quick, momentary pleas daily (Neh. 1:5–11; 2:4; 4:4–5; 9:5–37).
  2. Focus first on God—not political leaders, court systems, liberal agendas, or even the church. The Lord God of heaven is a covenant-keeping God, who is attentive to the prayers of His servants.
  3. Repent of our sins—Nehemiah did not merely point a finger at someone else; he included himself in the confession.
  4. Claim God’s promises—“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14 NIV).

Prayer focus: Father, we recognize that the path to restoration and renewal begins with brokenness, humility, and recognition of need. We acknowledge our desperate need for You. We are grateful that you patiently will continue your reconstruction process in our lives, transforming our nation one heart at a time.

—     Kay Horner, Executive Director, Awakening America Alliance

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