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you're listening to rubble to redemption, healing strong devotions in Nehemiah. I'm Cheryl your host for today's devotion. Taking your problems to God. Our reading is found in Nehemiah Chapter one Take a listen to Nehemiah 1 11 Oh Lord. Let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this, your servant. And to the prayer of your servants who delight in revealing your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man, I was cup bearer to the king Again. That was Nehemiah 1 11, rebuilding from the rubble. That's the core of the book of Nehemiah. You see Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 PC. The jewish people who survived the attack were taken to Babylon, becoming strangers in a strange land. Over the course of more than 140 years, they returned to their home city. Yet the walls remain in shambles until God ***** the heart of one man, Nehemiah. Have you had something happen in your life that left you picking up the pieces. Was it a cancer diagnosis? A divorce? The death of a loved one. The loss of a job. People handle their problems in many different ways. Some ignore, Some get depressed, Some get angry and some see God, that's what Nehemiah did. God had placed Nehemiah in a unique position. He was the cup bearer to king arctic xerxes of Persia and he had to taste test the king's drinks for poison. Talk about a nerve wracking job seriously. Although he worked in the king's court. His mind was on the affairs of his jewish homeland. He received word from some friends who had returned from Jerusalem that the city's wall was broken down and its gates have been burned. This caused Nehemiah great distress and sadness. Now he could have responded to this bad news by saying, I don't live there, so it's not my responsibility, what can I do? I'm just a cup bearer in Persia. Surely God wouldn't want me to do something from here. Um I didn't actually say these things. His actual response was quite different. 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. 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 people of Israel that's found in Nehemiah 15-6. See how Nehemiah tackled this problem. First of all, he fasted, he knew that he could do nothing without God fighting his battles for him. He needed God so used fasting as a means of drawing close to his heavenly father to seek his help. He also had a very big request of his boss, the King of Persia. He needed an extended leave of absence from work so he could take on this building project. Since he wasn't asking a jewish king, but a Persian, it would only be by the Lord's direction. If his request was granted. As you read the Emmys prayer, we have a great example of how to pray when we have a problem. one Praise God and recall his great characteristics, too. Confess your sense. three remind him of his word and promises. Four ask big things as we read in tomorrow's lesson. We'll see what happened when Nehemiah went before the king with his request. Just a hint it has a good ending. Here's some questions to consider when you have a challenge. How do you typically handle it? What can you learn from Naomi's example as he tackled his problem? Is there any difficulty too big or small in your life? That God can't help? Let's pray. Dear jesus, thank you that you care about what troubles us. You tell us to cast our yoke upon you. So we're giving you this problem today. Please help us. Please give us wisdom how to handle this. If we have any unforgiveness in our hearts or un confessed sins, please bring them to our minds. Thank you that you will fight our battles for us. Amen
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