Nehemiah 1:3b (The Message) They told me (Nehemiah), “The exile survivors who are left there (Jerusalem) are in bad shape. Conditions are appalling. The wall of Jerusalem is still rubble; the city gates are still cinders. When I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of Heaven.
Overwhelmed by the plight of Jerusalem, Nehemiah prayed. God does some of His greatest work through people with burdened hearts. Nehemiah grieved deeply for Jerusalem—broken walls and city gates meant enemies could ravage the people at their will. They were vulnerable and in extreme danger. Nehemiah asked questions, wept and prayed, and then acted wisely. Follow his story and see how God used him to rebuild Jerusalem’s gates and walls. Pay attention when God wrecks your heart over something and you feel haunted by the plight of a people group. God is opening your eyes to a need, enabling you to feel His sorrow over their plight. As you fast and pray, He will lead you in best ways to act.