What constitutes a man of prayer? First, he prays about everything – little things as well as big things. Oftentimes, we’re reluctant to pray about the little things because we’re afraid to bother God with the trivial. He’s so busy running the universe that He doesn’t need to help me in the small areas of my life. But Jesus said that our heavenly Father is conscious of the sparrow falling to the ground. How much more is He conscious of our every need? (Luke 12:6-7).
The Bible also commands, “In every thing by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). If you really love someone, it doesn’t matter how often he calls or what he calls about, you’re just glad to hear from him. God loves you so much, He doesn’t care how trivial your need might be. He just loves to hear from you.
Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). Why then are so many people losing heart and never praying? I hear people say, “I don’t know what I’m going to do! I don’t know where to turn.” They’re fainting. Learn of God’s grace through prayer. Learn to turn every situation over to God so your life might be strengthened by His hand upon you.
As a result of Nehemiah’s close fellowship with God, the walls of the city were rebuilt in 52 days. Others had tried to rebuild those same walls of Jerusalem for almost 100 years! Not only that, there was a spiritual revival among the people. While doing the physical work of God, Nehemiah and his men also did a spiritual work. The Israelites became so excited that their walls were rebuilt and they could again dwell securely in Jerusalem that they gathered together to worship the Lord. In the temple, Ezra the scribe brought out the law of God and read it to the people. It was accompanied by repentance and weeping before God. The hearts of the people were turned back to the Lord (Nehemiah 8-9).
One man living in prayer and fellowship with God can accomplish incredible results!
As I look around today, I see that we’re living in a needy world. We need people who live in fellowship with God, who know the strength of God, and who are willing to pray for God’s work to be done. Why not be that man of prayer for the sake of this poor, lost world, nation, city, schools, or perhaps even your own family.
“They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.’ But I prayed, ‘Now strengthen my hands.’” (Nehemiah 6:9)