Today’s Scripture

NEHEMIAH 1

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What Breaks Your Heart?

Nehemiah’s story started with a burden from the Lord. A burden for people he had never met, for a land he had never seen. He knew the condition of Jerusalem’s wall and knew the situation was desperate. Without a wall, people returning to Jerusalem after years in captivity would be unprotected and vulnerable to attack.

Nehemiah was brokenhearted, but he didn’t tackle the problem immediately. Why? He first needed to bring his burden before the Lord.

The state of Jerusalem’s wall reflected the condition of the Jewish people’s relationship with God. Disobedience had left their city and their lives in disarray. So before Nehemiah could fix the brokenness surrounding the city, he asked God to fix the brokenness inside the people of the city. Forgiveness was the foundation everything else would be built on.

Once the people were on a path back to the Lord, Nehemiah began to pray about what was next. All the while, God positioned Nehemiah so he’d have influence with the king and with the people. God had arranged it so a foreign king provided resources to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.

Imagine what God is arranging behind the scenes, so you can do more than you ever thought possible.

Look around. What breaks your heart? What has God put in front of you that you can’t ignore? Until our hearts are broken for the situations and people around us, we will maintain status quo.

Once you know what your burden is, go to Jesus in prayer. Ask Him what to do next.

Daily Meditation:

Imagine what God is arranging behind the scenes, so you can do more than you ever thought possible.

What is God Burdening Your Heart With?

Prayer:

Father, I ask that you would burden my heart with your kingdom and guide me in your will to move upon the burden you have given me. 

Kiefer

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Kiefer is the Worship Leader at Pleasant Grove Reformed Church, outside of the church he is a creative director and graphic artist. 

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