In our on-going study of prayers in the Bible, we’ll take a closer look at Nehemiah’s prayer and how it helps us understand prayers of corporate confession.

If God is completely sovereign, then why should I pray? That important question is answered by God in Scripture. The sovereign God has freely chosen to use ordinary means to accomplish his divine purposes. Nehemiah’s prayer for divine help, coupled with his own planning for assisting the exiles who had returned to Jerusalem, show us that we are to pray even as we plan. God’s sovereignty does not negate our responsibility.