God’s Servant Prays
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.
1 John 4:18
“There is more than rhetoric in this elaborate opening. It deliberately postpones the cry for help, which could otherwise be faithless and self-pitying. It mounts immediately to heaven (as the Lord’s prayer does), where the perspective will be right, and it reflects on the character of God – not only for its encouraging aspect of staunchness and love, but first of all for the majesty which puts man, whether friend or foe, in his place.”
(Derek Kidner, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, p85)
“We recognise its malevolent and destructive power and beg an awesome God’s forgiveness.”
(Raymond Brown, The Bible Speaks Today: The Message of Nehemiah, p35)
In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels towards all who please him.
“The prayer becomes an adoring octave of divine omnipotence.”
(Raymond Brown, The Bible Speaks Today: The Message of Nehemiah, p34)
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
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