My Nehemiah Prayer

As Executive Director of Love INC of Tinley Park, I find myself continually turning to the book of Nehemiah for wisdom. I find that it gives me the encouragement I need in order to inspire those around me to affect change. Won’t you join me on my Nehemiah journey? Let us rise up and build our homes, our towns, our schools, our nation and our world to be a people who fulfill the vision God has for us!

Lord, God give me the courage
to see the truth,
assess the damage
and still believe.

Like Nehemiah, let me see past the ruins
beyond the pain of
straight to your world vision.

When the road seems impassable
lead me another way
directly to those you are empowering
to rebuild what you’ve designed.

Show me who the kings are…
those royal ones whose assignments
are philanthropy and influence
providing materials and expertise.

Help me to have the faith
to declare to the blind
who have stepped over the mess,
“Let us rise up and build!”
Lord, change their vision.
Change mine.

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20 thoughts on “My Nehemiah Prayer

  1. (Sigh.) Tinley Park – so close to my old stomping grounds. πŸ˜‰
    “When the road is impassable, lead me another way..”. A wonderful thought to hold onto, no matter what roadblocks may be thrown up in your path. If the soul is a strong enough foundation, any building can be made both quickly and well. πŸ™‚

    • It’s good to have agreement in prayer! I’m thinking of your picture often…and possibly how the walls we wish to build end up with grace graffiti on them…hmmmm….thinking….

  2. Nehemiah is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing! We’re neighbors at Scribing the Journey today πŸ™‚ Blessings!

  3. How cool to see that you are from Tinley Park. I grew up in the Joliet area, and went to Homewood Christian Academy for high school. Makes me miss IL for sure. And this Nehemiah prayer? I could read it again and again. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Lori, mind if I ask where you are now? I’m a former Chicagoan as well, now exiled in East Central Ohio. Haven’t seen Illinois and especially my Chicago for over 10 years, and miss ’em both everyday. We former Illinoisans gotta stick together! πŸ˜€

  4. I’m in a situation now that need me to see God’s world vision. I’m trying to look past all the events surrounding it. God used this beautiful writing to encourage me to ignore all but God’s plan.

  5. Kimberly, just so you know, all of your NEHEMIAH posts have been in my inbox waiting for me to have the time to read them. There is so much good stuff out there. Anyway, I love the book of Nehemiah and look forward to your take on it.
    May God continue to use you and bless you. And I agree with your prayer–Father, rebuild the walls of our cities, our church, our nation. Amen.

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