Dare to Dream // Nehemiah Part 1

3 The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are burned with fire...5 And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, 6 please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned...8 Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses...if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.
— Nehemiah 1:3-9 [Condensed]

The first thing Nehemiah does when he finds out his beloved city is in ruins and the wall is broken down, is intercede. He understood the weight of the covenant God made with His people. 

Nehemiah got on his face and interceded for his nation, repenting of his sins and the sins they committed against God. He was truly humble. He didn't resort to denial or blame shifting, nor did he shuck off responsibility and think, "Well I'm safe here. I'm the cup bearer for the King of Persia. I've been righteous in serving the Lord." He mourned and wept, understanding the weight of the covenant God made with His people. 

In his time of intercession, he reminded God of that covenant. He had hope in God's word because he knew that God doesn't break promises.

Nehemiah grabbed hold of that promise.

 Not only that, but he decided to take action and asked God for favor. 

It's so easy to get caught up in our daily lives and lift up an occasional prayer for the things that don't go right. We can get caught up in the disappointment of how things didn't go rather than realizing how sovereign God is in His plans for our lives. I'm sure Nehemiah was comfortable in the palace but he didn't want comfort; he wanted to see God's dreams come to fruition! There are covenants and dreams that God made for your life and the enemy will do all that he can to stop them. Maybe you made mistakes or others sinned against you. 

The promise still stands. The dream is still alive. 

Nehemiah knew he had to fight for this dream. Will you? Will you dare to dream again? God is for you, He wants nothing more than to partner with you. You have His favor. The wall in Nehemiah represents broken down dreams left in ruins. Perhaps a career, marriage, or a broken heart.

God wants to restore that broken mess and make it greater than ever. He can make it stronger, more beautiful and more incredible than before. 

First we need to approach Him humbly, repent for coming short or sinning when we should have followed His direction; then remind Him of the promise (which really reminds us and builds our faith); then ask Him what we do to move forward. He will answer. You have His favor. Dare to dream again.