How to Accomplish Great Things (Part 2)

‘…If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his
sight…’

Nehemiah 2:5

Pray for favor with the right people. When you study the lives of successful
people, you’ll find they had vision, patience, determination, character and talent.
And you’ll also find one more thing at work—favor. There are some closed doors
that will open when you approach them in faith, and there are other doors that’ll
open only with help from the right people. That’s when you need favour! I once
saw a picture in an office I once visited. It was of a turtle sitting on top of a tall
fencepost, and the caption read, ‘You can be sure he didn’t get up there by
himself’! Nehemiah needed an army to protect him, and resources to enable him to
build. So he prayed, then went to the one man who could provide what he needed:
the king. He said, ‘If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favour in his
sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can
rebuild it.’ (Nehemiah 2:5) And the king did. There’s an important lesson here:
when your heart is set on promoting God’s kingdom, He will give you ‘kingdom
connections’. But be careful; your help may not always come via the people you
expect, agree with, or even like. God used a heathen king to help Nehemiah, and
He used a penniless widow to feed the prophet Elijah. Don’t dictate to God who
He can and cannot use.
Just pray for favor, expect it, and accept it with thanks in whatever form He sends
it.

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