Day Fourteen
Pastor Frank Aprea
These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. - Nehemiah 1:1-4 (NLT)

In the Scriptures, Psalm 37:4 encourages us to “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” When we do this, our hearts become synced with the Lord’s. We begin to love what He loves, hate what He hates, and our hearts break for what breaks His. I believe this is what we see happening to Nehemiah.

At the hearing of the report that the walls in Jerusalem were torn down and the gates burned, his heart breaks. In this broken-heartedness, Nehemiah begins to seek the Lord and realizes that it is himself that God has chosen to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s heart-felt desire in prayer is that God would make a way for him to go and do the work needed to be done, and God did.

We must realize that as we are delighting our hearts in our God, there may be times when we find our hearts breaking for something. In this, our Heavenly Father is showing us what breaks His heart and that through this broken-heartedness, He desires to work through us and manifest His power to bring salvation, healing, and restoration.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I delight my heart in you, may it beat in sync with yours. When something breaks Your heart, may my heart break as well; in that broken-heartedness show me how I can be Your hands and Your feet. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Night of Prayer & Worship

Friday, January 31 at 7pm

We conclude our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting with a time of prayer and worship. 

Connect and Grow

Small Groups begin February 16

God created us to live in community with others, and it is only then that we can experience the full life He intends for us. Small Groups are an important step to getting connected with others at Vertical Church.

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