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Midland Evangelical Free Church loves God and loves people. We believe that a relationship with God comes through a personal trust in Jesus Christ. We are united by a common desire to glorify and serve God in our individual lives, families, church, community, and world.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
Midland Free invites you to pray through Nehemiah, Sunday through Friday, during our current sermon series. It is our desire to help you REbuild your prayer life. See the tabs for prayer helps for specific scripture. Please feel free to pray as the Spirit leads you.
And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Lord, break our hearts for what breaks yours. Just as Nehemiah was moved to prayer by the needs of his countrymen and city, move us to pray with compassion for those hurting around us—those who are in great trouble and disgrace. Give us the compassion and will to intercede for those around us with prayer and fasting. And help us to know and trust that you will direct and hear our prayers.
Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.
Lord, thank you for this example of your people rising up in faith and unity to do your will! Let this be an encouragement and inspiration to us as we follow the leading of your Holy Spirit in our personal lives and as your body at Midland Free.
Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?” Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!” Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives.
Heavenly Father, when your enemy mocks, shames and threatens your people, whether by planting lies in our minds or through the actions of others, help us to be aware of his tactics so that we can stand against them in prayer, fitted with your armor. Remind us also that our fight is not with the people he may use as instruments, but with the invisible forces of darkness. May we respond as Nehemiah, by calling on You in full confidence, believing you will fight for us.
Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes the king, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the food allowance of the governor. The former governors who were before me laid heavy burdens on the people and took from them for their daily ration forty shekels of silver. Even their servants lorded it over the people. But I did not do so, because of the fear of God.
Father, just as Nehemiah’s reason for being governor was for service, not personal advancement, so too help us serve you and others in humility, with pure motives. Lead us to be willing to give up our rights as Nehemiah did, and even more, as Jesus did who, though he was God, laid His rights aside, took the form of a servant, and humbled himself in obedience all the way to the cross.
And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law.
Oh Lord, would you make our hearts tender as we hear your Word. Let your Word bring deep conviction and repentance. Lord, Your Word burns like fire and smashes like a hammer. But you have promised your unfailing love—in your mercy, forgive our sins and heal our hearts and land.
On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people. And in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God, for they did not meet the people of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them—yet our God turned the curse into a blessing. As soon as the people heard the law, they separated from Israel all those of foreign descent.
Father, help your people be attentive and to listen well to your Word as we study and as we hear it preached and taught. Forgive us for the times when we hear it and don’t apply it. Help us to always fully obey your Word and instruction. Lord, thank you for this reminder that you are always able to turn curses into blessing—what Satan means for evil, into good that advances your Will and Kingdom. Help us to always trust and know that you are good.
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