The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
Nehemiah 1:1‭-‬4 NIV

Nehemiah wept because his people, God’s chosen, although back home, were exposed to the enemy’s attacks. There was no wall of protection surrounding them and their families; Nehemiah wept and cried out to God, repenting for his sins and the sins of his ancestors, and pleaded for a way to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. God answered him by using a king/unbeliever to provide for every detail of rebuilding the wall.

As believers, we can and should build a wall of protection in the spiritual realm for each other and our offspring because without our prayers we leave them exposed to the attacks of the enemy. In the story, The Third Heaven Elizabeth felt alone, and without a shield of protection; her son was her physical wall of safety. However, when she cried out to God, not only did He surround her in spiritual, He moved people to surround her in physically. We can’t be with our loved ones daily, but GOD CAN, AMEN!

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