“Lord, don’t forgive them.”

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Those were the words of a man named Nehemiah. He had come under the leadership of God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. It was a good thing, right? Leading God’s people to accomplish God’s will is always a good thing, right? Amazing how opposition comes when you are doing something successful, more than when you are failing.

WHen Nehemiah began rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, having rallied God’s people, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem became angy and opposed him. Three men who shared nothing in common except their dislike for Nehemiah.
Have you ever noticed how disgruntled people in churches who have nothing in common will come together in opposition to God’s plan?

So Nehemiah did what we should all do, he prayed first. But listen to his prayer, “Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.”

That doesn’t sound like the prayer of blessing that Jesus called us to pray for those who curse us and despitefully use us. Perhaps it wasn’t very “Christian”, but it was honest. And it was in private, with the one who could lead him.

David often prayed that way about his enemies. SO what do you do when you face criticism and opposition? What do you do when others despitefully use you? Tell your heavenly Father on them. Let Him change your heart, and let Him deal with their problem.


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