Have you ever wondered why we have to tell God what He already knows? After all there is nothing that God does not know. He knows what we are thinking before it even comes out of our lips. He knows what we are going to think tomorrow. Of all those thoughts, he knows which ones we will say or put into actions. Just thinking about this for a moment is scary. So let us leave that alone and move on to what we were talking about – if God knows everything, why do we have to tell Him?
Christ said that before we utter our prayers concerning our needs, God the father already knows what we need.
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Matthew 6:32
In Chapter 13 of Nehemiah, there are three verses that should or must have gotten your attention. In these verses, Nehemiah is asking God to do what we expect God would do anyway. Yet three times, Nehemiah pleads with God about it.
Three times, Nehemiah pleaded with God to remember him with favor because of what he had done.
Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.Nehemiah 13:14
Remember me for this also, my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love. Nehemiah 13:22b
Remember me with favor, my God. Nehemiah 13:31b
Nehemiah pleads with God three different items. His pleas are based on what Nehemiah had done for God by getting rid of different kinds of evil. In the second plea he says, “and show mercy to me according to your great love.” Nehemiah understood that in spite of the good he had done, he remained an imperfect man. So he pleaded with God to be merciful with him. When God shows you mercy, then what He has done is to withhold the punishment you actually deserve. Nehemiah is therefore asking God to be merciful to him for his imperfections.
Thirdly, Nehemiah pleaded with God, “Remember me with favor, my God.” Remember that he had enjoyed the favor from the Lord throughout the building of the wall project. In chapter 1, he had asked for this favor from God.
Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11
- Have you ever wondered whether God remembers the things you have done for Him? Go ahead and remind Him. In addition, to reminding Him about what you have done for Him; attach a specific prayer request.
- You must have something to remind God about. Do you have something or things you have done for God or are currently doing for Him?
- Now you know that whatever you do for God can be key to your next prayer request. There are answered prayers that are based only on the credit you have already invested in the Kingdom. Here is a relevant question for you: Do you have any credit in your Heavenly account?
- On the other hand, do you understand the importance of pleading for God’s mercy for your life? If you think you are perfect, then this might not make any sense to you. But the rest of us, like Nehemiah, are daily pleading for God’s mercies.a
- Have you experienced God’s favor in your life? It is a wonderful experience! This is when things are going your way all the time and everywhere you go. This is called God’s favor. It is not because you are handsome or beautiful that everyone seems to fall in love with you. Just because doors seem to be opening for you everywhere you go does not mean your education or experience is opening these doors for you. This is God’s favor on your life. But if you are not experiencing this favor, then like Nehemiah, ask God to grant you favor wherever you go.
Remember me for this also, my God,
Show mercy to me according to your great love.
Remember me with favor, my God.
Nehemiah 13: 22b &31b
Very Insightful Prayer Request
THIS ONE IS ACCEPTABLE! YOU CAN DO IT TOO!
-By Pastor Shadrack Ruto