This Series: Nehemiah – Putting Feet to Prayers
The Book of Nehemiah recounts how Nehemiah, the cupbearer to the Persian King, led the charge to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem to protect the Jewish people living in their homeland. He partnered with Ezra, the priest, who also has a book named after him in the Bible. Faced with incredible opposition, Nehemiah prayed fervently for the success of his endeavors, but he also did specific things to partner with God and put those prayers into action, a practice called putting feet to prayers.
This Week: Anchoring Future Generations
Nehemiah traveled to the Persian capital to meet with King Artaxerxes. When he returned, he discovered that all sorts of practices had begun in the Temple that violated God’s Law. He prayed to God that all the good work he led would not have been in vain, and also that the people would not forget God as their ancestors had done. Nehemiah then put feet to his prayers, and he began reforming the religious practices, including putting in place a strict observance of the Sabbath.
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