Daily Scripture & Questions

Nehemiah 1-4 Thirteen years after Ezra arrives in Jerusalem, Nehemiah comes for the first time (445 BC).  Over the next 20 years, he makes several trips between Jerusalem and the Persian capital cities.  What does Nehemiah do after he hears about the state of the walls?  How did he know that the good hand of God was upon him (2:8, 18)?  What are the lessons from the plan to rebuild?  How did they respond to the threats of attack, and what is the lesson for us today (chapter 4)?

Family Devotions-Scripture & Questions

Read Nehemiah 2:11-20. What did God put into Nehemiah’s heart to do? How do you know God’s hand was upon him for good? Even with God’s blessing and the people’s willingness to work, why did they still face opposition? Has God ever put a great work for His glory into your heart?

Biblical Prayer Focus

2 Corinthians 1:8-11 “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

Thank the Lord for the burdens of life that have taught you not to rely on yourself but on God Who raises the dead. Help others make it through the hard times by praying for them.