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Desperate Times Call For Desperate Prayers

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Nehemiah 1

We’ve all heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But what about when your lemons are more serious than a busted tire or a promotion that didn’t go your way? Some of life’s lemons require more than pep talk about making lemonade.


In Nehemiah 1, Nehemiah just received heartbreaking news about the condition of Jerusalem.  He learned the city wall had been broken and its gates burned. The Israelites were in a state of panic because their two sources of protection had been destroyed leaving them defenseless against their enemies.

When Nehemiah heard the news, he stopped what he was doing, wept, mourned and poured his heart out to God. Nehemiah didn’t run around sharing the news with others or come up with a plan to fix the problem. He took his thoughts straight to God, the One who understood the situation best and could provide comfort.  

At some point in our lives, we have all received news that seemed impossible to bear. Maybe it was the loss of a loved one, the diagnosis you didn’t see coming, a job loss, or your spouse’s affair.

In times of desperation, we, like Nehemiah, have a Heavenly Father who wants to hear from us and comfort us.  It is OK to cry and not have it all together. God promises to heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds (Psalm 147:3).

Reflect:

  • Where do you normally turn for comfort when you feel overwhelmed?
  • Is there anything going on in your life that you need to pour your heart out to God about?

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