Why is it that when many of us Christians have a problem we must try and solve the problem ourselves, in our own way? Look at Nehemiah an Old Testament man of faith, threatened by the enemy of God and His people…
“Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.” Nehemiah 4:9 (KJB)
Now, the enemy of Nehemiah and those who had returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall was Sanballat and Tobiah. They had had things fairly easy without the wall, and now God’s people were returning to their land, the temple was being rebuilt, now the wall. God was working and moving in the hearts of the people (Nehemiah 4:6).
Sanballat and Tobiah were not happy. When God’s people get on the go for what God wants the enemy of God is never happy, and will endeavor to thwart the will, word, and work of God any way they can.
The people of God must pray. That should be our first choice. Pray. Pray. Pray. Prayer is not a spare tire for the believer’s life. In prayer we communicate with the Commander in Chief, our Creator, our Lord, our Redeemer, and Savior. Paul the apostle said,
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…” Ephesians 6:17-18
Prayer, apart from the word of God, will be fruitless, powerless, and void. The word of God is God speaking to us. Prayer is us speaking with God according to what He says.
Nehemiah prayed based upon God’s will, way, and word. That is how we pray too. The people had the mind to work, and they prayed, and they worked until the wall was finished.
I will close with the thoughts of Matthew Henry…
“(Neh_4:9): We made our prayer unto our God. That was the way of this good man, and should be our way; all his cares, all his griefs, all his fears, he spread before God, and thereby made himself easy. This was the first thing he did; before he used any means, he made his prayer to God, for with him we must always begin. (2.) He looked about him. Having prayed, he set a watch against them. The instructions Christ has given us in our spiritual warfare agree with this example, Mat_26:41. Watch and pray. If we think to secure ourselves by prayer only, without watchfulness, we are slothful and tempt God; if by watchfulness, without prayer, we are proud and slight God; and, either way, we forfeit his protection.” Matthew Henry Commentary