We are a nation and a world desperate for men and women of God to lead. Today you begin or continue that journey. As Joshua directed the people of Israel I also direct you, “Choose this day who you will serve.” As leaders in this modern world we can be tempted to follow the latest fad or chase after money, fame or power. Will you serve those idols or will you choose to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
Read Nehemiah chapter 1
Learn from the prayer of Nehemiah. There is much of the echo of the type of prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. If you honestly pray, “Father, break my heart for what breaks your heart,” then this model will help you stay focused. Simply saying the words means little. Seek to feel the words and then add your own.
When you pray realize the identity of who it is that your are praying to. Seek to know Him above all things. Acknowledge that He is the King and we are not. Honor the Creator and the provider. Know that He knows best and His ways are not our ways. Desire His best in Your life, not our perceived best in our lives. I come to Jesus because He is the one who can deliver. We come to Him because only He can provide the ultimate good. I don’t go to a grocery store to buy a new car. I go to a dealership because they are the experts. Grocery stores can give me information on groceries. The point is that on this earth we are limited. He, our Lord and our God is not limited. When I go to pray I must know who it is that I am praying to. This will require you to read, memorize, meditate and apply His Word regularly.
Seek to Know Him in the simple things of this life. In the Scriptures you can see Him in the parting of the Red Sea. You see Him as a storm in Job. You can see Him as a gentle whisper with Elijah. When You know Him you will hear Him.
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.