Bold | Day Two
By: Kate Downing | The Diary of a Man Who Stood Through Brokenness
“When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” - Nehemiah 1:4
Read Nehemiah 1:1-4. What news did Nehemiah receive that made him respond this way?
Name a time you received news that made you mourn in the same way as Nehemiah.
Boldness often begins with brokenness. This is where Nehemiah’s boldness began.
Stop and take a few minutes to pray. Thank the Lord that He is able to use brokenness to create boldness in you. Ask Him to speak to you today through His Word.
Why would the brokenness of the wall once surrounding Jerusalem bring Nehemiah to such brokenness?
Who did he run to in his brokenness?
Read Nehemiah 1:5-11. Nehemiah’s prayer in these verses can be divided into four sections. Write down the verse numbers that correspond to each of the following four sections.
APPLY: This structure is a great model for us to follow as we are praying. Take three minutes to pray using Nehemiah’s prayer as a model in the boxes below.
Read Nehemiah 2:1-8. Note that this took place three to four months after Nehemiah had started praying and fasting for Jerusalem.
How did King Artaxerxes notice that Nehemiah was upset?
How did Nehemiah feel when the king confronted him in verse two?
How did Nehemiah take a bold stand in these verses?
What two things did Nehemiah ask the king for?
What did Nehemiah say was the reason the king gave him all that he asked for (vs. 8)? What does that mean?
How did Nehemiah’s brokenness over his homeland lead him to act in boldness?
APPLY: What are you broken over? Are you saddened by your unsaved family members or friends? Do you mourn over the fact that 7,000 people groups have never heard the name of Jesus? Do you ache for the 20.9 million victims worldwide enslaved by human trafficking? God is calling you to take a bold stand and it begins with identifying what breaks your heart. Write yours below.
Closeout this time by asking the Lord to break your heart for someone or something and to give you the boldness to stand up and do something about it.