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What Is It You Want?

We make thousands of decisions each day. Some are small, like what to have for dinner. Some are costly, like whether or not to buy a car. And some have spiritual consequences, such as how to stop a recurring sin.

But in all of the big and small decisions we make, how often do we stop to pray?

In Nehemiah 2, King Artaxerxes asks Nehemiah, “What is it you want?” Nehemiah could have asked for anything — revenge on those who were mistreating his people, a construction crew to rebuild the walls. But rather than giving a quick, emotional response, Nehemiah prayed, seeking God’s direction for how to respond to the king.

Many times, we hear a question and make a decision based on what we think is right. But how different would our decisions be if we sought God’s advice before taking our next step?

Whether we feel confused, afraid, powerless, or think there are no answers, we can approach life’s questions the same way God’s prophet Nehemiah did: Stop and pray. Just like God showed up for Nehemiah, He is always ready and willing to point us to our next step.


  • What’s one decision you need to take to God in prayer?
  • Are you doing what God has already asked you to do? If not, why not?

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