Praying for a Christ Awakening: A Perpetual Construction Zone
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“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this Your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name” (Nehemiah 1:11a).
Ruth Graham once saw a highway sign she liked so much that she had the words inscribed on her tombstone: “End of construction. Thank you for your patience.” Whether we are on a personal journey to spiritual maturity or attempting to rebuild a nation on godly foundations, we must accept the fact that it’s a perpetual process.
In ancient times, one of God’s more severe disciplinary measures that Israel endured was their time in Babylonian captivity. Eventually released to return home, they found political, social, and spiritual conditions in their homeland were in shambles. When Nehemiah appears on the scene, the walls of Jerusalem were still in ruins because of the habitual laziness of the people and a failure to learn from the lessons of the past. He was not a priest or theologian but a passionate servant of God. He was so moved concerning the affairs in his homeland that he wept, prayed, planned, and began the task of reconstruction.
You might ask, “What does Nehemiah’s rebuilding project have to do with my life or awakening in our nation? Walls symbolize strength and protection. In ancient cities, walls were the first line of resistance. When our means of defense are torn down, the enemy has free access to our minds, emotions, and will, eventually impacting our families, churches, and communities. Reconstructing walls pictures the restoring and renewing of the strength of a life and a nation.
The challenges may seem insurmountable, and we will sense the opposition increase when the enemy sees us getting serious about rebuilding. Yet, we cannot afford to retreat or compromise our strength of character and commitment to Christ. Satan will consistently attempt to cause more rubble and destruction in the middle of our attempts at reconstruction, but we can respond as Nehemiah:
“…The God of heaven will give us success. We His servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it” (Nehemiah 2:20).
Remember, you do not have to be a minister, prayer leader, or great theologian to participate in rebuilding America. We simply have to recognize that the path to restoration and renewal begins with a spirit of brokenness, humility, and recognition of need. As we acknowledge our desperate need for His divine intervention, we can be grateful that He will patiently continue the reconstruction process in our lives, transforming our nation one heart at a time.
Like Nehemiah, we can begin with the following:
- Respond with prayer—intense, strategic prayers and quick, momentary pleas throughout the day (Neh. 1:5–11; 2:4; 4:4–5; 9:5–37).
- Focus first on God—not political leaders, court systems, liberal agendas, or even the church. The Lord God of heaven is a covenant-keeping God, who is attentive to the prayers of His servants.
- Repent of our sins—Nehemiah did not merely point a finger at someone else; he included himself in the confession.
- Unite with God’s people—the people, who had a mind to work with Nehemiah, labored together and fought for their brothers, sons, daughters, wives, and houses (Nehemiah 4:6, 14).
- Recognize your strategic position—people in every class of life from high priest to merchants, male and female, young and old, were engaged in repairing the wall nearest their own house (Nehemiah 3).
- Be willing and obedient—respond to whatever the Lord speaks to you to do for the greatest effectiveness.
- Decree and declare: “We refuse to be intimidated by the enemy’s opposition to the reconstruction process God has for us. We trust the Holy Spirit to expose his tactics and renew our strength to deal with the rubble of broken lives and devastated communities.”
Written Kay Horner, Executive Director, Awakening America Alliance