Confession. 0000006576 00000 n From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. We must get our hearts right with Him. The Bible lays bare the true condition of our hearts before God. David's prayer is a classic prayer of repentance. <<52f800de1f7d574bb243a815c801c393>]>> Petition. Hezekiah's Petitions. Then (2:8-9) he repeats, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Paul could not make it clearer, that it was when we were dead that God made us alive and saved us by His grace. It is a subtle danger. 0000001089 00000 n It is full of rich instruction about who God is, who we are, and how God has graciously worked on behalf of His people. It is not surprising that in a book which deals with the need to reform one’s faith and practiced confession is found as part of the prayers. Finally, in verse 11, we learn of who Nehemiah was – the king’s cup bearer. Jerusalem, 11:1-24 2. As I thought about Nehemiah’s repentance in verses 5-8 I noticed how he took ownership of the sins of his nation. We think, “I’m not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. God saw the desire of Nehemiah’s heart to serve his people and faithfully answered his prayer. Believers should rejoice always, and yet we should mourn over our sins. The answer to Nehemiah’s prayer is recorded (in chapter 2). This, too, has to do with God’s glory. This is essential if we are to see God move in our midst. “Both I and my family have sinned,” he confessed. This is the great news of the gospel, that no matter how awful and terrible and numerous your sins are, God’s grace is greater! Throughout this miraculous pilgrimage ‘they lacked nothing’ (21)—and appreciated nothing (17).”. After a couple of short opening passages, we’ll look at Psalm 51 for an example of personal confession. All the angels bow before Him (9:6). PM Bible Study Group: February 26, 2020 from Nehemiah 9:1-38. “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.”. They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. And I pray that all of us who have tasted God’s mercy will glorify Him through ongoing repentance and increasing godliness in our daily lives. If you are the glib type, who too easily shrugs off your sin, then you probably need to camp out in passages like Nehemiah 9, which confesses both personal and corporate sins. Nehemiah’s prayer was one of godly sorrow that led him to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). Nehemiah refers to God as Jehovah. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2003, All Rights Reserved. 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The approach resembles that of Psalms 78, 105, 106, 135, and 136. [Julia H. Johnston]. 1:6, 12, 14). 0000001358 00000 n 19 23 We can learn from this prayer many important principles about confession. The king noticed that Nehemiah had a heavy heart and asked him if he was troubled, giving Nehemiah the opportunity to ask for some time off to return to Jerusalem. Believers should rejoice always, and yet we should mourn over our sins. The walls dedicated and temple duties outlined. endstream endobj 20 0 obj<> endobj 22 0 obj<> endobj 23 0 obj<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]/ExtGState<>>> endobj 24 0 obj<> endobj 25 0 obj<> endobj 26 0 obj<> endobj 27 0 obj<> endobj 28 0 obj<>stream He is asking God to remember him and the people, but not presumptuously demanding. His prayer was entirely a prayer of repentance based mostly on the promise and faithfulness of God. “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love” (Robert Robinson, “Come Thou Fount”). On this site and by means of this prayer, we invite “our leaders, our Levites and our priests” to come together in the place of UNITY, and to enact a “written decree” that, having repented before the Lord, we now establish As they prayed (9:33), “You are just in all that has come upon us; for You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.” The chapter ends on what may seem like a down note, with the mention of the great distress of the nation. Again, read it and see your own heart in the mirror. The chapter brings out three simple but important lessons: The chapter rehearses not just the sins of God’s chosen people, but worse, the sins of God’s chosen people in the face of His abundant mercy and grace. Grace, grace, God’s grace, He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. Don’t get caught in the man-centeredness of our day by thinking that salvation is primarily for man. The walls and the people become two fitting tributes to Nehemiah’s God-honoring leadership. The results of prayer are not selfish but God-directed. 0000002512 00000 n This study addresses issues of confession, sin, forgiveness, repentance, and reconciliation, which have to be addressed in our prayer lives. Therefore. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name…” — Nehemiah 1:2b-11 (ESV) Nehemiah’s example is not only inspiring but it is instructive. Chapter 12: The priests and Levites listed. •V.8, Thanksgiving, Remember…(repeated word): When God remembers He acts upon His covenant promises to do what He said He would do. He did not say, “among whom I used to be foremost of all,” but rather, “I am foremost of all.” The closer Paul walked with God and gazed upon His perfect righteousness, the more he was aware of his own sinfulness, even though in his daily walk he was growing in holiness. Again, it is certain that man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God’s face, and then descends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Heb. Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, Nehemiah’s prayer was one of godly sorrow that led him to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). He develops this further by stating that as the potter, God has the right to make one vessel for honorable use and another for common use. by John T. McNeill, Westminster Press] by pointing out that as we gain some knowledge of God, we will see how corrupt we are and thus seek Him. Vision: 52 Days of United Prayer for the States of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska and the Province of British Columbia “So the wall was finished in the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul, in 52 days.” Nehemiah 6:15 . A Muslim may choose any language and wording to express feelings of remorse and return to God as long as they do not contain expressions contrary to the prophetic teachings. “God’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy His glory forever.” Piper explains why this is important. We need to understand two things here: The prayer states that God performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and the Egyptians to make a name for Himself (9:10). The phrase, "great and awesome God" is striking. Please note Nehemiah’s frequent return to prayer, from the beginning to the end of his story: 1:4; 4:4-9; 5:19; 6:9,14; 13:14, 22, 29, 31. The importance of patience Nehemiah realized the urgency of the situation and prayerfully requested, “Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man” (1:11, New International Version). •Vv.4-11, Nehemiahs prayer – the foundation of Gods calling •Content of prayer (ACTS – adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) •V.5, Adoration: ZGreat and awesome God •V.6b – 7, Confession: x3, open, free unconditional language. It continues to list the many gracious blessings that God conferred on His disobedient and ungrateful people (9:20-25). Again the law of the Lord is read for several hours, and then the Levites, perhaps led by Ezra, pray in repentance, asking God to take note of their subservience to a foreign king (9:5-38). Why is he mistaken? General Prayer of Repentance Heavenly Father, Lord, You are good; Your steadfast love endures forever, and Your faithfulness to all generations (Ps 100:5, ESV). It’s easy to read this account of Israel’s repeated sins in the face of God’s abundant mercy and think, “How could those Jews be so ungrateful? This was no obligatory remark, “our thoughts and prayers” are with the suffering people of Judah. Where is the right balance between seeing ourselves both as righteous in Christ and yet “the chief of sinners”? 0000006818 00000 n This was an important position, as he would taste the king’s wine to make sure it was not poisoned. This Prayer of Repentance is our own opportunity, in this day and age, to be obedient to this mandate of Scripture. Derek Kidner (Ezra & Nehemiah, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries [IVP], p. 112) observes, “Sin abounds, grace superabounds…. His basic duty was to choose and taste the wine to ensure that it … 4:4-5). We’re prone to compare ourselves to others, invariably to those who aren’t quite as godly as we are. “I created [them] for my glory” (Isa. Posted by Pastor Greg Allen on February 26, 2020 under PM Bible Study | . After several paragraphs of demonstrating from Scripture that “God performs salvation for His own sake” (italics his), Piper writes (pp. The name is pronounced or in English. You are God of the Old and New Testaments. He spoke to the God he had known all his life, and in addressing God, he shows his personal familiarity with Him. a lot of people come to this page, so i am. This point flows out of the previous one and is just as practical. repentance, God will honor his Deuteronomic promise (see above) and restore His troubled people in their beloved city, Jerusalem. There is a paradox in the Christian life: the longer you walk with God, the more godly you become. God chose Abram, brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name Abraham (9:7; the only Old Testament reference outside of Genesis to God’s changing Abram’s name). The “cupbearer” had direct access to the king and was an important and influential person. Like the Lord's Prayer, Nehemiah's salutation lifts his eyes to view the expansiveness of the Maker of the heavens. It was not at the beginning of Paul’s Christian life, but toward the end that he said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all” (1 Tim. God brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt through His mighty power. Making it legal did not make it moral in the sight of God, the creator and sustainer of life. Scripture Reading:. 1:15). Lord Jesus, I’m tired of the sin struggle in my life. trailer A Prayer for Repentance By Dr. Charles Stanley. It teaches us that…. Hezekiah's prayer flows out of his profound knowledge of God's purpose and the ways in which God glorifies himself. The reason God endures with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction is so that He could “make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory” (Rom. ]-�s\�0�������DI%c�Ў��� ) Ongoing repentance should mark our lives. That He might show His wrath and make known His power and reveal the riches of His glory for the vessels of mercy (Rom. I said, “I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, (Nehemiah 1:5) Nehemiah knows the names of God. Salvation is totally by His grace, and not at all from ourselves. The chapter goes on to describe the abundant blessings that God provided for His people. xref One popular author argues that if we view ourselves as sinners, we will sin more. 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