Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 7th, 2019
“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.
Nehemiah 1:11 (NIV)
The Prayer of Your Servant
Tasks performed within a household, specifically those related to housekeeping, child care and personal services for adults are usually referred to as domestic help. This traditionally unpaid work eventually transitioned into a paid housekeeper. From the early days of New France, domestic work was considered a means for men and women to immigrate to the colony. In the 19th century, however, domestic service became a distinctly female occupation. From the second half of that century until the Second World War, in response to the growing need for labour in Canadian households, British emigration societies helped thousands of girls and women immigrate to Canada.
Have you even been so convinced that something needed to be done for the Lord that you just couldn’t rest until it was accomplished? Such was the case with Nehemiah when he heard that the wall of his beloved Jerusalem lay in ruins. He was driven to do something – it was an overwhelming compulsion to rebuild the walls. We learn a valuable lesson from Nehemiah in what he does first with that conviction – he prays. Nehemiah 1:11 says “‘Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.’ I was cupbearer to the king.” Nehemiah had a plan in place to visit the king and request permission to rebuild the wall. That was quite a plan and Nehemiah knew he needed the Lord’s favour. What plans do you have for your life that seem superhuman? Take them to the Lord seeking His favour before you do anything else.
These have been words from the heart.