But as soon as they had rest, they did evil again before You Nehemiah 9:28
I really hope that you will take a few brief moments to read chapter 9 of the book of Nehemiah. My description is less than adequate in describing Nehemiah's prayer for his people.
He recounts the long history of God's redemptions which always followed the people's arrogant, selfish period of following after their own desires. In every instance, immediately after God's redemption the people turned away once again.
Nehemiah's statement above summarizes the problem.
Now, for a brief moment, consider how we most ofter pray: We ask for health, jobs, finances, peace and harmony. What do you suppose Nehemiah would say about such prayers?
I can't speak for anyone but myself but my pattern is not too different from the pattern that Israel followed. When the cupboards are full and spirit is empty!
Let's reconsider how we pray and the things that are really important.