This week we return to the theme of prayer with Nehemiah’s prayer upon hearing the fate of Jerusalem

Nehemiah 1:1-4 NIV
[1] The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:
 In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, [2] Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. [3] They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire. ” [4] When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Here is Nehemiah, hundreds of miles away from Jerusalem in exile but look at where his heart is! News of Jerusalem makes him sit down and weep, mourn and fast before God – this was something he cared about above everything and he knew that he could do nothing about it on his own so he comes before God who is able to share his burden.
When we share Gods heart and care for his concerns he may call us to prayer and fasting but be sure our lives will be different – just as Nehemiah’s was going to be from that point!

Lord, let me share your heart for your people and your work!