On Sunday we looked at how Nehemiah responded to the news that the walls of Jerusalem were in rubble and the gates had been burned. When Nehemiah heard that Jerusalem was a mess, his response was to weep, mourn, fast, and pray for the next four months. I have a difficult time praying for our city for more than four minutes. But Nehemiah’s prayer was the outgrowth of the reality that God was doing something significant in his heart, that God was calling Nehemiah to join Him in his mission and work.
It got me to thinking about our city, and the desire we have to be a city within the city, to live as the people of God in Eureka. What if God gave us a heart for our city like Nehemiah’s for Jerusalem. So I issued a challenge, the call for us to fast and pray for our city for the duration of this series on Nehemiah. Will you join me?! My idea is that we can fast for one meal a week, and spend that time praying, seeking the face of God, and crying out for our neighbors and for the city. Ive attached a form that uses the prayer in Nehemiah 1:5-11 as a model for us to follow. If you are going to join the effort, post a reply on the blog. How encouraging it would be to have a bunch of us praying for Eureka and for Genesis every week.