October 19 Order

scripture reading: Nehemiah 1
key verse: Matthew 14:23

When He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Sociological studies show that despite increased leisure time, Americans feel more pressured than ever. With increased freedoms and opportunities come more choices; with more choices, more decisions are required.

The key to living an orderly life in the midst of such frenzy is an established prayer life in which you can present your needs and agenda to the all–wise God. Nehemiah understood this foundational principle.

When he heard the news of Jerusalem’s plight, he did not immediately organize a rescue squad or launch a new organization. Nehemiah’s response was to pray: “I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven” (Neh. 1:4 nasb).

For four long months, Nehemiah interceded on Jerusalem’s behalf, asking God for direction and wisdom. Then when the time came to petition King Artaxerxes, Nehemiah’s request was granted miraculously (Neh. 2:1–6).

Order in your life begins with the rule of the Holy Spirit and the outworking of God’s plan. The discernment to implement His plan comes as you spend time in fervent prayer, seeking His mind and purposes.

Dear heavenly Father, I realize that order in my life begins with the rule of Your Holy Spirit—so please, come and rule and reign in my life. Implement Your plan and purposes. Bring order out of chaos.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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