Nehemiah is a great character in the Bible. We learn a lot about leadership, ethics, and courage from his example. He knew the people around him lacked the skills that only he seemed to possess. He knew that something needed to be done, and he had to do it. As a great leader, he successfully rallied the troops around his vision...to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. But before he got "busy," he went to the Lord for guidance. Listen to his prayer:
Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Isreal. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.
They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 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. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.
Follow Nehemiah's example. Rely on the Lord, go to him first to seek his guidance and support.