Burdened

This world a lot of times is a burden, because of the sin that has so clung to every aspect of life as we know it.  What burdens you? It could be the situation that you are in right at this moment, it could be the situations that your family are in, it could be the situations that your friends are in, or it could even encompass the world and the different horrible situations that are going about on a day to day basis.

In the first chapter of Nehemiah, He is heart-broken and has a burden for the city of Jerusalem and their walls, not just because of that fact, but because of the people in the city and their protection.

4″As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. 5And I said, ‘O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenants and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you.  Even I and my father’s house have sinned. 7We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you have commanded your servant Moses. 8Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, 9but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your dispersed be under the farthest skies, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ 10They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. 11O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”   Nehemiah 1:4-11a

A few days ago, I was walking back from my time on campus, praying as I went.  Up to that point there had been a lot of things happening, most bad, and it was really burdening my heart.  As I prayed, I started to cry and prayed not specifically that things would get better in peoples lives, even though I did pray for that, but mostly for their hearts and their relationships with God.  There have been a few deaths, a few big marriage problems, a few sicknesses, and a few situations where priorities are put ahead of God.  I know that God is totally in control of all of these things and His heart breaks as well, but there is a purpose to all of it and God will make everything good in the end, even though we might not be able to see it for a long time.

Let us use this prayer for our own lives and for those that are close to us as well as the people of this world.  This speaks true for all of us, so lets go to God and trust in His almighty hands.

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