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O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man...Now I was the cupbearer to the king.” Nehemiah 1:11

Maybe, you’ve read some of the great leadership books by Jim Collins (Good to Great, Great by Choice) or books by Simon Sinek (Start with Why) or Joseph Grenny (Crucial Conversations)? I highly recommend another book about leadership, written way before any others - Nehemiah.

The first chapter of Nehemiah gives us context, but it also ends with a powerful prayer. He asked for ONE thing: favor with God that would lead to favor with ONE man—King Artexerxes. It was bold, very specific - being pointed about God’s part in it all, as well as his own responsibility - and it was timely. It’s a prayer that we might want to think about adopting for ourselves, every week...every day.

How could such a man, like Nehemiah, who was neither prophet or priest, approach the LORD with such a request? What would it take for us to pray with such boldness and specificity? We learn that Nehemiah’s knowledge and dependence on God’s Word AND his availability and readiness for action were key ingredients in such bold prayers. His heart was aligned with that of the LORD and he was ready to do something about it. But he always started with prayer.

Here are some bold and specific prayer points for this month:

  • Pray that the 12-14 students that attend our weekly Wednesday night study would be bold in their invitations to their friends to attend the study.
  • Within the next few weeks, we will be having a conversation with the office for the new Biblical Law and Christian Studies Program about working with them on the campus. Please pray that the LORD would give us favor with the director.
  • Pray for our students who continue to navigate the dynamics of being a Christ-follower and a student at HLS. It can be a real struggle for many 1L’s and 2L’s. Pray for their protection and their focus on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of their faith.
  • Two upcoming ASW’s (Accepted Student Weekend’s): March 29-30 and April 12-13. Pray that CU will have opportunity to get connected to new incoming students and develop lasting relationships into the new academic year.

Please join all of us at Christian Union at HLS, in lifting up bold, specific, and pointed prayers for God’s mercy and favor. We believe it’s timely and we can pray in the power of the Spirit of God! Any good and new thing will happen because God is in it and we’re ready to do something about it.

Thank you for joining us in this work! 

Justin Yim
Ministry Director
Christian Union at Harvard Law School

Please note: if you would like to receive regular updates on how to pray for Christian Union's work at Harvard Law School, please email prayer@christianunion.org.

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