Today’s Scripture: And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it. And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah; And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me. Nehemiah 2:5-8

A farming community was suffering from a severe drought. The pastor of the local church called for the people of the community to come together to have a giant prayer service and pray for rain. Out of all the people who came, only one little girl displayed faith that God would hear and answer – she brought an umbrella.

Just like that little girl trusted that God would answer, Nehemiah prayed in faith and had confidence that God was going to grant his request. So, he knew he had to be ready with a plan when the opportunity arose.

Artaxerxes agreed to send Nehemiah but had a concern of how long Nehemiah would be gone. Since he had a plan, Nehemiah was able to tell the king how long the journey and project would take.

Nehemiah knew that he would need wood to rebuild the gates of Jerusalem, so he asked the king for supplies. He also knew that he would be traveling through hostile territory to reach Jerusalem, so he asked for letters of protection from the king.

Often people will pray for souls to be saved and for people to be reached, but they fail to pray, “Lord, send me.” They pray for everybody else to do the work.

Don’t be that kind of person. Choose to be bothered, pray in faith that God will use you, and ask Him to help you have a plan to get the work done.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.