I love the prayers in Scripture. They are awesomely powerful. They usually start with acknowledging who God is and His greatness. They usually have intercession on behalf of the whole community and repentance. The one who prays includes one’s self; not saying “they”, but we have sinned. The prayer asks God to hear the prayer and respond to the request made.
The parts of this specific prayer are:
• Acknowledge who God is & His greatness
• Ask God to hear the prayer
• Confession of sin of community and self
• Remind God of His promise
• Intercession on behalf of God’s people
• Personal request
Nehemiah’s prayer was heartfelt. It was short and to the point. He didn’t use fancy words or lengthy statements God heard his plea and answered him with a yes.
Note: Days before Nehemiah prayed this prayer he wept, fasted and prayed.
We can learn from Nehemiah’s prayer. Praying Scripture is not only powerful and effective, but fun to do. Just change names and places. Then insert name & place; adjusting the prayer to make sense when you pray it. Here’s an example:
“LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, 6 let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer Your servant is praying before You day and night for Your servants, THE CHURCH or THIS COUNTRY. I confess the sins we, THE CHURCH or THIS COUNTRY, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against You. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward You. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws You gave your servant Moses. AND WE HAVE NOT FOLLOWED JESUS, BUT GONE OUR OWN WAY.