When thinking about biblical leadership one needs look no further than Nehemiah. When he was personally torn over the fate of Jerusalem, it was clear to those around him. He had already purposed in his heart what to do, but when the king notes his downcast demeanor, look at Nehemiah’s response.
“Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 2:4 ESVhttp://bible.com/59/neh.2.4.esv
He prayed, then spoke. His response was prayer.
When the earliest church was suffering great persecution, having seen one of their number killed to please the Jews, and Peter awaiting a similar fate. The church responded.
“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.” Acts 12:5 ESVhttp://bible.com/59/act.12.5.esv
May we become like soldiers who carefully put on their gear before going into battle. May we get ready to meet each day as the psalmist does.
“Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalms 5:1-3, 11-12 ESV http://bible.com/59/psa.5.1-3,11-12.esv
God never promised to answer all our prayers the way we want. Many times that would not be good for us. We often want for that which may actually be an obstacle to us.
But what I’ve found is that prayer and abiding in the Scripture IS the way to put on the armour so that I am prepared for what is coming. With the armour, I need not fear when trouble comes. Because I’ve dwelt long with Him this morning I can face the troubles from without and, often worse, the troubles within.
Raise the shield!