Nehemiah 4:7-9 NIV
But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
If you find yourself doing God's work, you will often face opposition. Especially if what you are doing challenges someone's vested interests. That is what is happening here. The wall building was going well and was now being threatened. Look at the response: 'we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.' Prayer was coupled with action. What a challenge that is. How often do I pray for divine intervention? And how often don't I then act on the prayer. Here are some things to challenge us: more people are needy to work alongside the very poor andsome churches are struggling financially. Be careful what we pray for... We might be the answer to the prayer.
Lord Jesus help me to pray and post a guard. Amen.