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Prayer of Agreement Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:19) ________________________________ A Prayer for the Workplace Lord, help me today to do my very best. Help me to be the most valuable worker possible, one who is sensitive to the needs of his co-workers and responsive to the desires of his employer. I purpose to perform my duties with a spirit of excellence, to do all that is required of me, and even above and beyond that which is required of me, that I may be a blessing to others and an asset to this company. I vow never to shirk my responsibilities or to be slack in my work. If I make a mistake, I will be open and honest and forthright, admitting it and doing all I can to correct it. I will not be lax or lazy but will be conscientious and trustworthy in all my business dealings. Whatever my hand touches, that I will do with all my might, with all my energy, with all that is within me. I will do everything in my power to become the most productive employee in this organization. I thank You that the faithful will be rewarded and that I will abound in blessings. Thank You that my attitude, commitment and performance on the job will become obvious to those for whom I work and that recognition, promotion, benefits and raises will follow as a matter of course. Thank You for the opportunity to see You show Yourself strong on my behalf. I call upon the Greater One Who is in me today to provide me strength, knowledge, wisdom and ability beyond my human limits. Thank You that I operate supernaturally today, by the power of Your indwelling Spirit so that I am able to perform my duties with outstanding accuracy and excellence. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Why was it important to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem ? After the Babylonian Captivity, a remnant of the Jewish people had returned to Jerusalem under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Ezra. These returned exiles had rebuilt the temple, but they were now in need of protection. The lack of fortified walls around the city left the people defenseless against enemies. Weather, wild animals, opposing people, and other opponents could easily enter and cause “great trouble” to the people. According to the report Nehemiah received, the remnant in Jerusalem was shamed. A city with broken walls revealed a defeated people. The Jews who had returned to their homeland were both in unsafe conditions and humiliated at living in a destroyed city. Also, the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls would show God’s blessing upon His people again. Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was an important sign to the enemies of Israel. Nehemiah told their enemies, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it” (Neh.2:20). And rebuilding the walls showed that God was with His people. Upon the completion of the walls, Nehemiah wrote, “When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (Neh.6:16). The destruction of Jerusalem’s walls left its people exposed to great trouble and shame. Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was important because it revealed God’s blessing, served as a sign to Israel’s enemies, and showed that God was with His people. The walls provided protection and dignity to a people who had suffered the judgment of God, but had later been restored and returned to the Promised Land.