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Rebuilding the Walls

Week 2 Ask for What You Want

And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. — 1 John 5:14

King Artaxerxes took noticed in his presence the countenance of Nehemiah the cupbearer. The king inquired, “Why the long face? You’re not sick, are you? Or are you depressed?” Nehemiah became more agitated because of the reality of his depression, and fear was on display. The king began to dig deeper into his situation and asked, “So what do you want?” After much prayer, Nehemiah responded to the king his desire to rebuild the ruined, broken walls. Nehemiah found favor with the king. The generous hand of God was with Nehemiah and the support of his leaders as he sought out to rebuild the walls. 

The broken and wasted places in your life never go unnoticed by God. He sees you and cares for you! You already have God’s attention that is why He sent Jesus to save you, show you the way, and support you as you proceed with Him.

Lord, how wonderfully you bless the righteous. Your favor wraps around each one and covers them

under your canopy of kindness and joy. —Psalm 5:12

I cry out loudly to God, loudly, I plead with God for mercy. I spill out all my complaints before him and spell out my troubles in detail. —Psalm 142:1-2

All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud! —Ephesians 3:11-13

God said, “I’ve taken a good, long look at the affliction of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their cries for deliverance from their slave masters; I know all about their pain. And now I have come down to help them, pry them loose from the grip of Egypt, get them out of that country and bring them to a good land with wide-open spaces, a land lush with milk and honey, the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. —Exodus 3:7-8

God has heard and seen your afflictions and pain. Physical, emotional, relational, and social pain. As you are deciding and or continuing to rebuild your “inner” walls start with fasting and prayer for unbelief, doubt, and lies. Ask God for what you want. Pour out your request in details to Jesus—the King, He is the only one who can pull you through your situation. You have the support of His leadership to back you up.

Let the simple prayer of Nehemiah start your day, “So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to rebuild the walls.”—Nehemiah 2:4-5

What, then, shall you say in response to these things? If God is for me, who can be against me?

Next Step: Continue to fast one meal this week and pray. Ask in details what you want from the king. You already have his favor..

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Rebuilding the Walls

Week 1 Fasting and Prayer

 “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?  “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. —Matthew 6:5-6

Nehemiah had much revelation knowledge on how to begin to rebuild the broken walls and gates after he fasted and prayed to God. During this series, Rebuilding the Walls, we will glean from the wisdom of Nehemiah and begin to rebuild the walls of our lives from the inside out.

Broken and shattered lives, cracked foundations, and leaks we have settled upon and living below the boundary lines of the Kingdom of God. God has already rebuilt your “inner” walls where the infrastructure has been torn down. His work within you was upon the finished work and worth in Jesus Christ, and not by any of your actions of the flesh.

Now is your time to activate and embrace the work of God.

Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land. —Isaiah 43:19

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. —Ephesians 1:4 

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. —John 16:33

To begin rebuilding your “inner” walls start with fasting and prayer.

God is the Source of the foundation for your life. Nehemiah inquired about his brothers and was overwhelmed when he heard the news about how things were not going well for them. They were in great trouble and disgrace. He fasted and prayed to the God of heaven.

This week we will gain insight on the advantages of fasting and prayer to the God of heaven.

Fasting is for you, not God! Biblical fasting is not a religious activity to get God to move on your behalf. God has moved already. The purpose of a biblical fast is to move the obstacles and distractions such as: doubt, fear, ideologies, lies and so much more that the enemy has planted in your soul so that you don’t have a clear crisp transmission to hear and respond to God from your prayers. Jesus did not require fasting as a part of Christianity: "They Pharisees said to him, 'John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.' Jesus answered, 'Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.

Prayer is an act, not just a posture. It is simply communicating and fellowshipping with God concerning your needs and desires. Prayer is also a two-way conversation. 

Let the simple prayer of Nehemiah start your day, “O Master, listen to me, listen to your servant’s prayer—and yes, to all your servants who delight in honoring you—and make me successful today so that I get what I want from the king.” —Nehemiah 1:11

God has marked you to prosper in every area of your life, and prayer is the process that He uses to deliver His goods to you. What do you sense God is revealing to you from your prayer today? Take moments throughout the week to pray and have simple conversations with God and take note to His response.

Next Step: Pray about living a fasted lifestyle where you fast at least one meal a week and replace eating natural food for your body for praying God’s promises.

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Rebuilding the Walls

They'll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They'll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new. —Isaiah 61:4

It’s time to rebuild the internal walls of your life on a good foundation. Together with the help of the Spirit of God, we will gather up the fragments of what we have left and start over on the ruins. It is time for you to be revealed as the son and daughter of God.

Come back here here daily to shift and start rebuilding your ruined walls. We are waiting to see what God is going to do for you, with you, and through you.

We love you,

Team Shift

 

Posted by SHIFT TODAY on Sunday, September 8, 2019