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Nehemiah: rebuilding and remembering | OverviewBible

Have you ever prayed, “remember me, Lord?” Asking God to remember is an interesting thought because God is all knowing and does not forget about us. Although we know that in our head, we sometimes call to the Lord to remember us because we need His reassurance.

As you read through the Scriptures there are many people who call on God to remember them, especially in times of desperation. The thief on the cross asked Jesus to remember him. Luke 23: 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” [1] Notice how Jesus’ response gave him reassurance. Do you need reassurance today that the Lord remembers you? Don’t hesitate to call upon Him in prayer.

Nehemiah Asked the Lord to Remember Him

The Lord gave Nehemiah the difficult job of the rebuilding the walls in Jerusalem. To make things more complicated during the rebuilding phase there was a famine which created a food shortage. During this crisis Nehemiah decided he would help by generously feeding many.

Nehemiah 5:17 I asked for nothing, even though I regularly fed 150 Jewish officials at my table, besides all the visitors from other lands! 18 The provisions I paid for each day included one ox, six choice sheep or goats, and a large number of poultry. And every ten days we needed a large supply of all kinds of wine. Yet I refused to claim the governor’s food allowance because the people already carried a heavy burden. 19 Remember, O my God, all that I have done for these people, and bless me for it. [2]

The Lord Has Not Forgotten You!

Sometimes we think the Lord has forgotten us, but that is not true. We are never too far from the Lord’s thoughts because He is the Good Shepherd. Why does the Good Shepherd go after His lost sheep? Because He did not forget about his sheep. He is the God of rescue, the God of restoration and the God who remembers us no matter our circumstances.

You may be in a situation today where you are crying out to the Lord. Remember me! Rest assured the Lord knows where you are and the circumstances that have discouraged you. Psalm 91:This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.[3]

Give thanks! God answers your prayers of “remember me, Lord.” Listen to find out more:

[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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