You share with your friend that you’re struggling with a problem. They say, “I’ll pray for you.” Do you feel like they’re bailing out? Then Nehemiah’s prayer has something for you.

Notes And Next Steps

Nehemiah 1:5-11 + Part 1 of the series “Nehemiah: Rise & Build"

“When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said: ‘Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love’” (Nehemiah 1:4,5).

When we don’t pray first, it reveals the priority of God in our hearts, in our problem solving, in our preferences for help and guidance.

“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you” (Psalm 50:15).

PRAISE. “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love” (Nehemiah 1:5).

REPENT. “I confess” (Nehemiah 1:6).

ASK. “Give your servant success” (Nehemiah 1:11).

YIELD. This is all about you, God. I am “your servant.”



        1. CrossLife Church can help heal the wounds and fractures in our society by changing hearts, resurrecting hope, and forging unity in Jesus Christ. We seek in God’s story of Nehemiah the courage to be agents of change, the faith to address difficulties, and the vision to see God at work rebuilding our community and world.
        2. In the original Hebrew Old Testament, Ezra and Nehemiah were combined into a single, unified book. Here is why.
        3. We live in a culture that thrives on the instant. But here is how long Nehemiah prayed, and what it means for us.
        4. How to understand and implement Praise, Repent, Ask and Yield.