Wednesday, October 9

Win the Day!

Scripture: Nehemiah 1-2, Psalm 133, Luke 22

Nehemiah 1:11 “O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and…make your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man (the king).” 

Observation

When Nehemiah heard that Jerusalem was in ruins and the people in distress, he was broken hearted.  He fasted and prayed for days.  He confessed the sins of the nation and reminded God of His promise to bring them home.  Then he asks this one request: “make me successful today.”  He went before the king to ask him to send him to Jerusalem, and the king did.  God answered his prayer and he succeeded in that single endeavor.

Application

When we were in Kenya, Jim Nendel led a class entitled “Win the Day.”  Jim is a coach and he told how they used that phrase to teach players the importance of each moment, each day.  Rather than thinking about the game on Friday, they were to win the day today—do their best at practice today.  It was a memorable teaching.

Since then, I’ve thought that I not only need to win the day, but win the play.  Win the moment I’m in right now.  

Nehemiah did this.  He needed the king’s approval.  He fasted and prayed and asked one thing: make me successful today.  Win the day!  

So I’m doing that today.  I’m doing it with each of my 8 meetings today.  Help me be successful in this meeting, in this moment, in this day.  

Prayer: Lord, help me win the day, and win the play.  Make me successful today!