Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” Nehemiah 2:17
When the Hebrews returned from exile, they saw the City of God was a pile of rubble. It was open and vulnerable to attack. What remained of the Temple where God had promised to dwell was in ruins.
Lives can be that way. Even ones that have asked God to dwell in their hearts. Things happen that can tears us down and threaten to tear us apart. That is why it is so important to “rally the troops” and ask people to pray over you and for you. Build those walls before evil invades.
Prayer builds walls, restores the rubble into a fine tower of strength and re-paves the road back to God. It may be a daunting task on our own. That is why it is good to find a few steady hearted friends and pray regularly for each other. It doesn’t have to be in person. It can be over email, over the phone or even in Facebook chat or tweeted. Use the modern means of communicating to God’s purpose and reach out and touch someone, as the old commercials used to say.
And if you see someone falling apart into a pile of ruined hopes, or illness, or despair, rally the troops. Wall them up in prayer. Then watch God gather all the pieces and restore His temple.
But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress. Psalm 59:16