Nehemiah 1:5 - Good Thoughts on Prayer.

Neh.1:5: Good Thoughts on Prayer.

Neh 1:5 (NIV)  Then I said: "O LORD, God of heaven, the great
and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love
him and obey his commands,

Neh 1:5 (CWR)  "O Lord God of heaven, you are great, and we
stand in awe of you and your power.  You are faithful to the covenant
you made with us and with those who love you and keep your

Other Great Prayers of Intercession in the Bible: Yesterday you
read the moving prayer of Ezra (9:5-15); today you will find a
similar prayer in the life of Nehemiah (1:4-11). You may also want to
read the great prayers of intercession by Moses (Exodus 32:11-14),
Daniel (Daniel 9:1-19), Paul (Colossians 1:3-13), and Jesus (John
17:1-26). What better way to sow seed than by interceding! [Your Daily
Walk SB]

Look around your house and you will discover two kinds of
corners: inside corners (the kind you sit in) and out-side corners (the
kind you walk around). Think of that as a picture of your prayer
life. There are two kinds of prayers you can pray: comfortable prayers
("Lord, meet that need") and commitment prayers ("Lord, use me to help
meet that need").  Learn a lesson from the life of Nehemiah. Don't
pray to be comfortable in your circumstances; instead pray to be
available and ready to do the will of God in every situation. And in the
process, some mighty important walls may get built! Find a quiet corner
as you read Nehemiah's prayer of commitment in 1:5-11. Then make it
yours! [Your Daily Walk SB]

Prayer is not so much submitting our needs to God but submitting
ourselves to Him. [Your Daily Walk SB]

    Look up 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and memorize it right now.
(Don't panic - the verse consists of only four words!) Now ask yourself
this question: Am I continuous or sporadic in my prayer life?
    Nehemiah poured out his heart to God for one ... two ...
three full months before he received an answer. (Would you have quit
before God's answer arrived?) Then, with unexpected suddenness, God
ushered in Nehemiah's long-awaited opportunity. (Would you have been
ready when the opportunity came?) With a quick silent prayer for
grace, Nehemiah made his petition known to the king. (Would you have
stammered and stumbled for words?) And God answered.
    How often do you experience "God ... being gracious" (2:8)
in your prayer life? Every time you turn on a light today, repeat
the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:17-and one petition God has laid on
your heart. Then get ready for God's answer. [Your Daily Walk SB]