Although I’m hopeless at DIY when problems arise, I like to try and fix things, but more often than not, rather than do anything, it’s easier to talk about the problem.

When Nehemiah heard from Jerusalem that the wall had been destroyed, instead of lamenting and feeling sorry about the situation, he got down on his knees and prayed.

My favourite verse on prayer is from Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

This is what Nehemiah did and, as we look at this Old Testament book on Sunday mornings, we will discover what happens when God answers prayer.

Last Sunday after hearing the first sermon on Nehemiah, I felt challenged to take my problems to God, rather than try and fix them myself, or just moan with my friends.

As we continue to learn what God has in store for us in 2017, will you join with me in praying for ourselves and for Elmwood?

Rebecca Kelly
Leadership Team