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Friday, 19 January 2018 19:26

Praying for important conversations

What do we do when we know we are about to have an important conversations with someone? If we have to discuss something really important, then we will want to be well prepared. It would be wise to pray for God's help, but how should we pray?

The book of Nehemiah describes the time when God's people have begun to return to Jerusalem after their captivity in Babylon. The temple has been rebuilt, but Jerusalem still lies in ruins. Nehemiah is deeply moved and concerned when he hears the plight of his fellow Jews. He is serving as cupbearer to the king of Persia, and he prepares to ask the king for help. In chapter 1, Nehemiah prays to God. He considers the Lord's greatness, confesses his sins and the sins of his people, clings to God's promise, and asks for his help in his meeting with the king. "Give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man."

We can pray in just this way when we are getting ready for an important encounter. Perhaps we have to bring up a delicate issue. We might be looking for an opening to share the gospel. It could be that we are trying to find words to comfort  or encourage a friend who is going through a hard time. We can be like Nehemiah, and prepare by seeking the Lord's help. "Father, I have a weighty conversation coming up. Be with me, Lord. Grant me success and mercy a I speak."

We all face difficult and significant personal encounters. We do not face them alone, and we need not face them unprepared. The Lord is with us!