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Our God Will Fight for Us



Focusing on the book of Nehemiah, Brad Jones challenges us to change our order of thinking when faced with adversity. Instead of seeking counsel from everyone around us or trying to deal with things on our own and then pleading with God when that fails us, Brad empowers us to pray and fast as the prophet Nehemiah did, prayer being his first response.

Key Takeaway

Prayer and fasting have the power to change your life and the lives of those around you.

1.) Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.

Through the book of Nehemiah, we see Nehemiah, cupbearer to the king, immediately turn to God in prayer. He started praying, and did not stop praying.

2.) Prayer and fasting doesn't just move the heart of God, but it moves us.

Nehemiah prayed for help and opportunity. Have we asked God to send us? We can shift our thinking from noticing what we would be giving up and instead, we can think of everything we would gain from following Jesus. God wants to answer your prayers, but He also wants to put an assignment on your life.

3.) Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

We are called to call on heaven on the behalf of those who hurt us. We don't have the power to change others, but God does, and our enemies could become kingdom-builders.

4.) When we face opposition, we don't stop praying.

There are moments and trials that make us want to give up, but we need people devoted to prayer. (Colossians 4:2) Be willing to get vulnerable with someone else and ask for prayer when faced with opposition.

Through prayer, we can fight and contend for ourselves and others, but we must remember that the unrivaled, victorious God of all creation is fighting for us.


"The more we carve out time through the privilege of prayer and fasting, we'll start sensing God has an assignment on me. God has a mission on your life."

Brad Jones

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Scripture References

  • Nehemiah 1:1-11
  • Hebrews 4:16
  • Nehemiah 2:1
  • Nehemiah 1:1-14
  • Nehemiah 4:20
  • Ephesians 4:31-32
  • Colossians 1:22-23
  • Colossians 1:4-6
  • Colossians 4:2
Brad Jones Passion City Church Atlanta is pastored by Brad Jones. Together, he and his wife Brittany have been a part of the Passion Movement for over a decade helping carry the heartbeat of Passion Conference and Passion City Church. They live in Atlanta with their two children, Caleb and Addy.