A Time to Build: How to Tackle a Tough Job

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 2:1-10

Tools in Nehemiah’s Toolbox:

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Hebrews 6:12

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2


pray continually
1 Thessalonians 5:17



The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:23

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Psalm 127:1

A Time to Build: Knowing How to Pray

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 1:1-11

Nehemiah’s distress at hearing the news from Jerusalem:

Nehemiah’s prayer:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

His acknowledgement of God:

His confession of sin:
Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
Psalm 88:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.
Psalm 51:1-4

His plea for God’s help:
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15

His position: Cupbearer to the king