Today, maybe we need to have Nehemiah's prayer as our own confession for what we are experiencing today throughout our land. Just as the walls of Jerusalem were broken down and its gates had been burned with fire, we too are seeing destruction in our cities and chaos in our communities. Like Nehemiah maybe we need to be willing to confess the sins of our nation, "including myself and my father's house" that we have committed against God. Just as Nehemiah remembered the Lord's warning and promise, we too need to lift our voices and pray, "O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name" (1:11)
“O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father's house have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.
8 Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, 9 but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’
10 They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. 11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”
Now I was cupbearer to the king.