“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”
It appears that we hear more bad news than good news these days. Two weeks ago we heard about the shootings in a synagogue and a public school. I know many are asking the question, "Why?" But the other question people need to be asking is, "How do we fix it? How do we stop the senseless violence today?"
Nehemiah gives us the answer. We weep and mourn for those who are hurting. We come alongside one another and carry one another’s burdens. We engage in loving our neighbor. That’s our public ministry.
But we have private practices called fasting and prayer. We set ourselves apart to intercede on behalf of communities, cities, and nations. We stand in the gap to pray for protection from evil and ask God to heal our land.
We must be careful that we do not become embittered by evil and repay evil with good. The greatest good is to pray and love one another in the name of Jesus.