Old Testament Lesson: Nehemiah 1:1-11 (Nehemiah’s prayer)
Gospel Lesson: Luke 10:1-4, 17-18 (Jesus sends out the 72)
Two vital elements of God working through His people are leadership and prayer. God calls servant leaders to humbly but courageously lead His people where they often do not want to go. The problem of leadership is sin – the sins of the leader and the sins of God’s people. That is why God has given the church the gift of prayer. Communication deepens God’s connection to His people and strengthens them in faith. At the heart of Christian prayer are repentance and the mercy of Christ, the foundation of our relationship with God, and the bedrock of the church.