"The king said unto me [Nehemiah], For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven" (Nehemiah 2:4). "LORD, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle?... He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart" (Psalm 15:1,2). "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). "Jesus… saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him" (Matthew 4:18-20).
The Lord beholds the man of prayer,
As Nehemiah, quick to ask.
We see a trait embodied there
That qualified him for the task.
The Lord commands us to abide
Within His path of righteousness.
By this we shall be qualified
As laborers whom He will bless.
The heart of godly men may plan,
Yet look to God for His direction.
This qualifies the faithful man
Who gladly welcomes His correction.
O Lord, the path is now in view
That qualifies us for the quest:
Forsaking all, we follow You,
And You will surely do the rest!