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Jan 15

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 8

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 2:06 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Remnant Ready
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Day Eight

Nehemiah 4:13-19

Key Verses:
13 Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. 14 And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”15 And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work.” Nehemiah 4:13-15 (NKJV)

Key Reflection: 
vv. 13-15 Having prayed, they set a watch.  Jesus taught us that (Matthew 26:41). Prayer without watchfulness is presumption.  Watchfulness without prayer is hypocrisy.  

When it comes to being on the alert and ready at any moment to do the job it’s hard to beat the Pony Express. This historically famous mail service between St. Joseph, Missouri, and California depended on constant movement and readiness. Relay stations were established every ten to fifteen miles. A rider would shout aloud as he approached a station, giving the station master very short notice that he needed to be outside waiting with a fresh mount. Even when a rider came to the station where he was to spend the night, another rider was already mounted and waiting, ready to grab the first rider’s bundle of packages and continue the trip.  We have this service’s intriguing example of what it means to be ever watchful. Jesus used this parable to teach us the value of readiness and watchfulness as His servants, (Today in the Word, December 1997, p. 17).

Pray that God helps you to listen for Him, act upon His call and to stay ready.

What evidences of thoroughness in planning do you find in vv. 13-19? 

What will you do or doing to become ready?

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