PRAYER, FASTING and CONFESSION OF SINS:
They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God. – Nehemiah 9:3
God’s goodness never fails. Although He gets angry with us – due to our sins, He still longs to forgive and restore us. Israelites sinned against God many times and yet, God forgave them. He not just forgave them, but blessed them with good things!
Nehemiah 9:6-37 is an account of a long prayer by the repentant Israelites, which they submitted with a lot of anguish in their hearts. They not only confessed their sins, but acknowledged God’s goodness as well.
You have kept your promise because you are righteous. – 8
By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take. – 12 (Also in Exodus 13:21)
But you are a forgiving God,gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. – 17
For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing,their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen. – 21
When they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time. – 28
They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them. – 29
Now this is something to take note of – Obedience has a reward. We live by our obedience.
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples. – 30
God is patient with us. He doesn’t abandon us so quickly.
But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. – 31