«You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all» (Nehemiah 9:6).
NEHEMIAH 9 records Ezra’s prayer before the Israelites; it is a very complete prayer, revealing what the true spirit is with which we should go to the Lord. How about we look at the steps that this prayer takes?
First, Ezra asked for forgiveness and led those present to repent: they «confessed their sins» (verse 2). They dedicated a whole three hours to this (verse 3).
Afterward, Ezra began to recall all the good things God had done for His people in spite of the fact that they rebelled, murmured, and complained. He recalled, for example, how the Lord had taken Abraham out Of Ur and had made a covenant with him that the Lord fulfilled to the letter of the law (verses 7, 8); how He saw the of their ancestors in Egypt, heard their cries, and worked mighty miracles to free them from slavery, including parting the Red Sea (verses 9—12); how He gave them the Ten Commandments and, in spite of the fact that they offended Him by making a golden calf to worship and disobeyed Him on several occasions, God forgave them and continued to show them the same patient, tender, and compassionate love; how He fed them with bread from heaven and gave them water to drink from the rock; how He led them through the conquest of the Promised Land
You know, we generally give thanks to the Lord for the things that take place in the present, for what we are living at this very moment. Do you think we could review how He has led us this far and dedicate our prayer today to giving thanks for His many interventions, both for the ones we have seen and those we have not? Take a little time to meditate on what God has done for you from the time you were a little girl. Try to remember His providence in your adolescence and youth, and give Him infinite thanks for every situation where His hand has acted in your favor, because «we have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history» (White, Last Day Events, p. 72).