Do You Even Care?
Author: Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
As a new Christian a few years ago, our family attended a church where we spent the greater part of two years learning only how to pray for our dreams to come true. Needless-to-say, it was a miserable two-years in our lives. We weren’t seeing any of our dreams come true, so consequently we were angry with God. We felt we were doing everything God wanted us to do – so why weren’t our dreams coming true?
Okay – fast forward a few years later to a new church – our current church home. For the first time as believers in Christ we were taught how to pray for our nation. We were taught how to pray for our leaders and our country.
Suddenly, our primitive dreams (our careers) didn’t seem to matter any longer.
No, we didn’t quit our jobs to pray all day. Rather, our focus changed. We allowed God to use us as He saw fit at our jobs, working hard for Him – but the world at large and the people we come into contact with each day – mattered more.
Suddenly, learning what it means to pray – really pray – took on a new meaning in our lives.
Nehemiah Had a Dream
Nehemiah had a wealthy and comfortable position in Persia, yet he returns to his homeland in Jerusalem to find the wall of Jerusalem still not rebuilt. Nehemiah was grieved that the wall in Jerusalem had not been rebuilt after the Baylonian exile. Even though the people had returned from exile for many years, there was no attempt to rebuild the wall. Today a wall might not mean a lot, but in the days of Nehemiah the wall was protection from raids, and symbolized strength and peace. Nehemiah mourned for his people who were repressed by the previous edict and could not rebuild their wall. (Read the book of Nehemiah in the Bible)
Why would Nehemiah even care?
He had his comfortable life in Persia; why bother with the wall? It was an impossible task anyway, right? Who was he to accomplish such a feat?
Nehemiah 1:4 “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”
The enemy of this world would love for us to remain distracted on our selves which takes the focus away from the world. In case you haven’t notice, our nation is not doing so good right now. Since the early part of this year we have been dealing with the Coronavirus and constant race wars. At the same time we are all trying so hard to live our lives in the same manner we were living before this all started.
Maybe God is trying to grab our attention.
Maybe God is trying to say something.
Maybe God is asking you to lead our nation through prayer.
Do you even care?
We get so caught up in our own lives that we really don’t care about the world around us.
We want to climb the corporate ladder. We’re too focused on our children. We have a calendar of busyness yet nothing concrete on it.
What if Nehemiah had the same attitude? What if he decided to live in his comfort and ignore the wall?
Nehemiah 1:5-7 “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses”
Reread this prayer from Nehemiah to God.
Do you wake up each day and confess the sins of America to God? Do you confess your own sins as well?
For me personally the enormity of evil plaguing this nation right now is overwhelming, but when I read God’s word I know there is hope. Nehemiah began to rebuild the wall and he was quickly met with opposition!
Nehemiah 4: 1-3″ When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews,and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”
But…He continued to Pray
Even though Nehemiah was met with ridicule he continued to pray.
Nehemiah 4:4 “Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads.”
We need to pray the same prayer to God right now for our nation. Don’t get comfortable and believe there’s no hope. Don’t believe there’s nothing you can do. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. Pray for God to bring peace in America. Pray for God to bring our leaders into salvation. Pray for God to restore our land back to Himself.
Nehemiah did rebuild the wall even though it looked impossible. He was a great leader to the people. He inspired hope when there was nothing but despair. He stood up when evil tried to take him down.
O, God hear us!
Don’t get discouraged.
Today you have a new dream and that is to pray for our nation without ceasing.
Get your eyes off yourself and put them on God. He needs us! He needs YOU!
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS