The Balance Between Prayer and Preparation


In our last study, we looked Nehemiah’s quick prayer and God’s great answer. We’re going to look at another of Nehemiah’s prayer today see the balance between trusting God and doing our part.

Bible Reading

Neh 4:6-9 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. (7) But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, (8) And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. (9) Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.


If you’ve read the Book of Nehemiah, you know he wa a man of prayer. Sometimes, though, men of pray are not practical. They pray when they should be acting. Prayer is, for them, a hiding place where they can retreat from the real responsibilities of life and still seem spiritual. Nehemiah did not suffer from this imbalance.
The Jews’ heathen neighbors saw the progress they were making and decided to stir up trouble. When danger threatened, Nehemiah and his people responded in three ways: they prayed, they watched and they kept on working. What a great balance. Trusting God, doing your part, and continuing to persue your God-ordained goal.
They didn’t try to make God responsible for their part and they didn’t try to do God’s part. The result of this balanced response was that the Jews were able to stay safe and complete the project God gave them.

What About You

  • Do you have a balance between, praying and working?
  • Do you trust God to do His part?
  • Do you do your part, or try to make God responsible for doing what he has told you to do?

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