“When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”
Nehemiah 1:4 KJV
Nehemiah was confronted with a crisis of national proportion. Jerusalem was in shambles and God’s people had a future that looked awfully bleak. Nehemiah’s first response to the crisis was to fast and pray. It was the proper response to what he faced.
It is very good to pray before the fact … from conviction. But there come times in all of our lives when the situation is out of hand … the horse has already escaped from the barn. Now we have a crisis on our hands. And ‘crisis prayers’ have always had high priority from God. It’s the first and safest place to turn when your world turns upside down.
Ponder:Look back over your life and recount times when you turned instinctively to the Father. What were the outcomes? Can you testify that God did come through for you in your time of need? Why not take the strongest of these answers to prayer and put them in the form of a testimony that can be shared with those you come in contact with?