“Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night because of them.”-Nehemiah 4:9
There be many who appear to be mighty in prayer, wondrous in supplications; but then they require God to do what they can do themselves, and therefore, God does nothing at all for them. So you that say, “I will pray and trust my church, or my class, or my work to God’s goodness,” may you rather hear the voice of experience and wisdom which says, “Do your best; work as if all rested upon your toil; as if your own arm would bring your salvation.”
- C. H. Spurgeon
Nehemiah was first and foremost a man of prayer, but he was nonetheless a man of action. With him prayer and working, and prayer and watching were linked together. His enemies were defeated in their evil designs, and his work was splendidly successful. Work for the thing for which you pray.