I was struck by two things in our Nehemiah passage.
First, was that Nehemiah was obviously a man of integrity. He had clearly lived in such a way that when he was distressed, his concerns were not only taken seriously, but every request was granted even above what he had asked for, by the king.
Second, was that Nehemiah didn't even think of going before the king or making any requests until he had first gone before God. He prayed, he fasted, he repented, he glorified God. He brought his need before the One whom he knew was sovereign, before he went to the king who would be used by Him for His glory.
Do we live with such integrity?
Do we recognize who is sovereign and do we go to Him first?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Nehemiah 4-6; Acts 2:22-47