How do you keep your faith consistent? How do you avoid complacency that comes to us all and can make us feel like a failure? Ezra and the people of Israel have an idea: taking the reading of scripture seriously through prayer and physical acts and gestures.
What does a “life of prayer” mean? What does Paul mean when he wrote “pray continually”? Nehemiah’s story presents an excellent example of one way to use prayer in our lives.
This is such a short, simple prayer—yet one we all hope we could pray at the end of our lives. Nehemiah stands as one of the better examples of a faithful believer, and this prayer can serve as a goal for us.
This prayer is offered by Miriam and the women of Israel, after God delivered them from the Egyptians through the Red Sea. Prayers are often set to music—the entire book of Psalms is a hymnbook of lyrics for which we no longer have the music. Miriam’s prayer-hymn, and the one by Moses and the men before it, offer us some ideas as to how we can use music in our prayer practice, too.
When we are passionate about something, we don’t want to wait around for it. We want to move ahead, make plans, take action. For a believer, there is a time to do that, rather than “waiting on the Lord.” But our “passion” should not be the driving force of our actions. Prayer should play a significant part of anything we do, and Nehemiah’s prayer here shows us the right way.