Today’s Promise is Nehemiah 1:8, 9 NKJV:
“Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but 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, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’”
Just think of the ramifications of this promise and its outcome. Hearing of the hardships of his brothers who escaped captivity in Babylon, Nehemiah sets to diligently interceding for them with fasting and prayer. He begins by humbling himself, confessing the sins of his people and repenting on their behalf. Then he reminds the Lord of His promise of redemption. At this point, the people as a whole had not turned back to the Lord, but Nehemiah pleaded on behalf of the few whose hearts were true to the Lord. These brothers he interceded for were receiving the punishment God had handed down to them for not submitting to His correction, they were paying for their disobedience. Yet the fervent prayers and repentance of one righteous man moved the heart of God to mercy.
If the fervent intercession of one righteous man opened the door for the restoration of Jerusalem, just think what your earnest unceasing intercession could do for a child who has turned their back on God, for a family, a church, a city, a nation … the world. Never stop interceding, dear saints. God’s mercy endures forever and His ears are open to those who stand in the gap.
Heavenly Father, God of mercy and grace, your love endures forever. You have promised that if we keep your commands, You will gather your children no matter how far they roam. I beseech you on behalf of our loved ones, our churches, our cities, and nations. Please, forgive our grievous sins against You and one another and restore us by Your Spirit. Not because we deserve it, but for Your Namesake. To You be all the glory, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
Have a victorious day in the Lord!