WHAT CAN YOU DO IN 52 DAYS?
Nehemiah heard the sad news about the deteriorating state of Jerusalem and was in prayer and fasting for many days. That's the "surface-read" of the words in the Bible. If you go a little deeper, you'll find he first heard the news in the month of Chislev (Nov.-Dec.) on the Hebrew calendar. Three months later in the month of Nisan (Mar-April) Nehemiah approaches King Artaxerxes. You could make the case that Nehemiah prayed for approximately 120 days before he presented his case to the King.
Even standing before the King, he prayed again. "The king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your presence, [I ask] that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, so that I may rebuild it.” Nehemiah 2:4-5 AMPC
You don't have to be a mathematician to see that 120 days is greater than 52 days. I think the message here is very clear, spend more time in prayer and your workload will go smoother. Give God your gifts and He will line up employment for you.
DAY FIVE WORD
If you are uniquely gifted in your work, you will rise and be promoted.
You won’t be held back—you’ll stand before kings!
Proverbs 22:29 TPT
In all the work you are doing, work the best you can.
Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for men.
Colossians 3:23 ICB
Lord our God, be pleased with us.
Give us success in what we do.
Yes, give us success in what we do.
.Psalm 90:17 ICB
I gave them this reply, “The God of heaven is the One who will grant us success. We, His servants, will start building, but you have no share, right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”
Nehemiah 2:20 HCSB
DAY FIVE PRAYER
Thank You God for the success You've already given us. You established the work of our hands for us. You've taught us which way to go with the gifts You've given us. Grant us more success so that we may give You glory. May all of our work be done in excellence in You name. Amen.
DAY FIVE DEEP THOUGHTS
- It's a good idea to pray before a meeting with your boss.
- Nehemiah identified with sinful people in humility, he didn't stand above anybody.
- Nehemiah was a team player in prayer and work.