Wait and Prepare
Passage: Nehemiah 1:11–2:8
Nehemiah heard the bleak report out of Jerusalem and was stirred to patiently prepare for the moment when God, through his good hand, would grant his request to help his fellow Jews. While showing deference and honor to his earthly lord, Nehemiah waited and prepared, knowing that the final and ultimate answer would come from the Lord, God of Heaven.
Monday: Nehemiah 1 & 2
Tuesday: Nehemiah 3 & 4
Wednesday: Nehemiah 5 & 6
Thursday: Nehemiah 7 & 8
Friday: Nehemiah 9 & 10
Saturday: Nehemiah 11 & 12
Sunday: Nehemiah 13
- ICE BREAKER: What kind of person comes to mind when you hear "butler"?
- Why do you think waiting can be so hard for Christians—especially for those that trust in the sovereignty of God?
- Who is the "this man" in your life (1:11)? How could proper perspective influence your perception and interaction with him or her?
- In your life, what are you waiting for? How could you prepare as you wait?
- Engage: "Prayer is coming to God, telling him my need, committing my way unto Him, and leaving Him to deal with it as he sees best."
- Discuss the idea of flare prayers (2:4) being tethered to previous prayers (1:11). How could this flesh out in your life?
- Our 3 missionary families are in a constant "wait and prepare" mode. Take time as a group to pray for them. As they prayerfully wait, pray that their preparation would position them for faithful witness when opportunities arise to engage their targeted people group.