Nehemiah (1B): What’s Your First Response?

Nehemiah 1:4
Response: Fast and Pray

Reasons a person might fast:
To express sorrow.
To express repentance.
To express humility.
To express concern.
To express worship.

Nehemiah 1:5-11

Nehemiah 1:5
Nehemiah Praises God

Nehemiah 1:6-7
Nehemiah confesses disobedience and corruption against God

Nehemiah 1:8-10
Nehemiah calls on God to be God.

Deuteronomy 4:33

Nehemiah 1:11a
Nehemiah asks God to give him favor.

Matthew 6:5-8, Matthew 6:16-18

Prayer and fasting should be our first response, not our last resort.

Challenge: fast and pray 3 times this week.
Personal: for an area of need.
Community: for our outreach efforts.
Kingdom: for unbelievers.