Week One – A Wall Rebuilt, A Church and City Revived
Introducing a five week series on Nehemiah, we look at the chronology and historical background of Nehemiah's wall and what it means for us to live into God's vision for the Church.
Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 1
What is at the heart of Nehemiah’s prayer to God (vs. 6-10)? What is his posture before God?What are the things he asks of God. Pray through Psalm 51. Conversationally ask God in your own words what is at the heart of Psalm 51. What do you need to turn over to him, ask for forgiveness from him, for what do you need help from him? Pray for the Lord to show you his will for you and his delight in you.
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 30
As you read through this chapter, prayerfully contemplate this covenant oracle from God, and how the children of Israel paid the price for not keeping their part of the covenant. The consequences for Israel were to be conquered and exiled. Was what we suffered as a church consequence of our sin either corporately or individually? Are there things we still need to repent of, knowing we serve a gracious God? Pray through Psalm 86 and know the goodness and forgiveness of our loving God.
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Prayerfully read though this passage as if the Lord were speaking it to you personally. What are the things God is calling you to “put away” (vs 1). How has the Lord built your Spiritual house? What is good about your Spiritual house? What is lacking in it? Pray for the Lord to increase the good, build up what is lacking, and tear down what is not of Him. Pray for the conviction of the Holy Spirit to make clear the differentiation of what is good, what is lacking, and what is wicked, as our eyes can be blinded by the world, the flesh, and the devil. Spend some time in vs 9-10. How have you experienced this partnership with God? How do you long to experience more? Thank him and ask him for more. Close by praying Psalm 127.
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:35-45
How have you been like James and John? (asking for greatness and notoriety, drinking the cup set before you by the Lord) Contemplate and pray how the Lord is calling you to serve him as he outlines in vs 43-45. Count the cost of what that would look like for you. Prayerfully decide if you choose to follow Jesus’ example and command of Servanthood. Close with pray in Psalm 121.
Scripture Reading: Acts 2
We know this as Pentecost, the unleashing of the Holy Spirit upon the believers. To what end was the Holy Spirit released to the disciples? What was their response? How have we responded to the unleashing of the Holy Spirit in our own lives and in the life of this Church? Pray for God’s fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom and will to respond as He calls, that His name would be glorified and the Good News of his Son, Jesus Christ, experienced in the lives we come in contact with. Close with prayer in Psalm 149.