I heard a message by the great Apostle Lester Sumrall on how to get miracles. It ‘shook me to the core’ so much when I heard it, that I have never been able to forget it. I guess the reason that I don’t forget it, is because I WANT TO SEE MIRACLES.
The Scripture that he used in his message was Nehemiah 1. Nehemiah was a captive in Persia and was serving as cup bearer for the king. He received a report from one of his brethren who had come to the palace, that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, the gates were burned with fire and the people were in ‘great affliction and reproach’.
The report shook Nehemiah ‘to the core’.
When he heard these words he ‘sat down and wept, mourned and fasted several days and prayed to the God of heaven for the deliverance of The Beloved City and Beloved Brethren from their ‘corruptions’.
His sorrow was so great that he could not keep it inside, it showed up on his face….even in the presence of the king, which was forbidden. When the king took notice, he asked Nehemiah what was wrong and said that what he saw on him was ‘sorrow of the heart’. When Nehemiah explained to him the situation back in Jerusalem, I noticed that he made it a ‘personal matter’. He said, “how can I not be sad when the city of MY fathers’ sepulchres lies in ruins”.
God had endeared Nehemiah to the king, so the king…being distressed at Nehemiah’s distress, asked him what he wanted to do about it. Nehemiah prayed a quick prayer and God filled his mouth and heart with a plan to restore the city and the people in it.
With the king’s permission and provision, Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem and began the restoration, overcame all obstacles and opposition, and completed the work. Ezra the Scribe then restored the Word of God to the people and the people to God.
This miracle took place all because ONE man was ‘shaken to the core’ when he heard the report about the affliction, reproach and destruction that his people were living in.
Being ‘shaken to the core’ is something we must ‘allow’.
John G. Lake said, ‘your soul must go down” and allow in the burdens and agonies of others. When he said your ‘soul’, he means your emotions. Your mind may hear the facts, but you will do nothing until you are shaken to the core emotionally. When the power of human emotions teams up with the Power of the Spirit, God manifests Himself in miracles.
Nehemiah let himself be ’emotionally touched’ by his brethren’s plight. He ‘wept and mourned’ several days.
Mentally we hear the facts regarding a person’s situation, but it is the emotional involvement in a situation that will move us to bring the Power of God to bear on it through our physical involvement.
When we hear of a situation, we may feel the flow of compassion toward that person for the moment, but we are not ‘shaken’ enough to do more usually than send up a quick prayer. Thank God that we do that! To see miracles, however, we must let ourselves be ‘shaken to the core’ ….meaning not only the compassion of God moving out of our spirit, but our own emotional energy getting involved….desperate to see deliverance for others. That’s when LIVES are changed not just situations…….
Nehemiah was ‘desperate’.