Strengthen My Hand

They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” ~ Nehemiah 6:9

Nehemiah had just received the okay to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple. This should have been a joyous time, but the enemy sent in men to discourage him and all who were building the Temple. They were trying to strike fear into their hearts. They told them their hands were too weak, and they’d fail. They were trying to speak not just fear into the lives of those men but also speak it over them. So, what does Nehemiah do? He prays that the LORD will strengthen his hands.

Here’s the thing: if we are living in the will of the LORD, then we’re now a direct target of the enemy. He’s coming for us. He’s sending his army after us. He’s looking for our weakest areas, and that’s where he’s going to attack. So, what are we to do? We stay grounded in the Word of God and stay in tune with His Spirit so that we might be able to see the attacks of the enemy and defend ourselves against them.

Dear LORD, please help me to see the attacks of the enemy. Open my eyes that I might be able to see through the attacks of the enemy and cover those parts of my life. Help me to put on the full armor that You have given to me as protection for my life. Help me not to ever give a footing to the enemy but to always keep myself protected through prayer, worship, reading my Bible, and fasting. Never let the fire in me grow cold, but instead, kindle the flame that I might be hot on fire for You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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