In The Moment

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 2:1-8

After praying and mourning for days, Nehemiah continues to be grieved over the condition of the city of Jerusalem. So much so that when he comes to serve King Artaxerxes his wine, the king takes note of Nehemiah's sad appearance and inquires about what is troubling him. It's a bit of a scary situation for Nehemiah (remember, Nehemiah is a low ranking servant for the king), but Nehemiah pushes forward and makes the most of the situation. He has already been fasting and praying for days prior to this incident, so when the king asks him what is wrong, Nehemiah humbly and respectfully tells the king about the horrible conditions in Jerusalem. The king could have concluded the conversation at this point, but he doesn't. Artaxerxes continues the dialogue by asking "What are you requesting?" (vs. 4).

What we read next, caught my attention in a BIG way. The final part of verse 4 says, "So I prayed to the God of heaven." It's only a few words placed in the middle of many details, but it's a critical sentence because it puts before us an example of complete trust in and reliance on God. Nehemiah was in a delicate situation in which he needed God's guidance. So in the middle of talking with the king, instead of responding based on his own thoughts, he shoots up what I call an "in the moment" prayer--a brief but important conversation with God when we're faced with making an immediate decision and we need direction, guidance and protection. I'm a huge proponent of "in the moment" prayers. I utilize them often and God responds mightily, as He did for Nehemiah. Immediately after his short prayer, Nehemiah boldly asks the king to send him to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall, and even asks for letters of approval, lumber for construction and a house to live in during the rebuilding process. God's favor is with Nehemiah, and the king grants every request.

Is it your practice to shoot up prayers to God throughout your day? How do "in the moment" prayers impact your mindset and focus? How are they of benefit to you? Tami

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GM! This is powerful! My mother taught me this how to do this. I'm shooting up prayers to God all the time on behalf of others. I'm constantly thanking God for small things in my day. Things he helped me find, or praying for the EMS and first responders when I hear a siren. I'll use these thoughts in the War Room at church to encourage our prayer warriors. Thanks Tami! God is using you to encourage others!

Tami,
There are many times through the day that I have
"in the moment" prayers which have caused me to
to refrain from reacting and other times to have the
boldness to speak even when I would have been to shy to
speak to a person in a higher position.

None of my " in the moment" prayers have been as intents as
Nehemiah who could have had his head removed for not only
appearing sad,but what he was requesting from the king.


I have been praying that many more believers will read this study and even make a comment in which I know they will be much better than
any of mine. I have been greatly blessed by your thought-provoking
questions too.

Thanks Wanda and Melynda for sharing your experiences and for your encouraging words. I enjoy reading the comments and find them helpful, and I'm sure others do too.

I'm so glad we're reading God's Word and growing together!! Have a great week!

Tami W.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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