When Nehemiah heard about the living conditions of those still living in Jerusalem, he was moved to tears. These tears became the seeds of vision which compelled him to step out and make a difference by bringing healing to the brokenness of the city he loved.
But just like a seed needs time to germinate and grow underground before it’s green shoots poke through the surface, so too do the seeds of vision need time to germinate in the heart of its carrier before it’s fruit is seen by others.
Rather than immediately stepping out to rebuild the walls the moment he was given the vision, Nehemiah began to pray ‘day and night’ for God’s people:
“When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven… Listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel” – Nehemiah 1:4&6 (NLT)
As Nehemiah spent time praying, God began to fill his heart with the faith he needed to step out and achieve the impossible.
Throughout history, every great vision has been birthed through prayer. Although the Holy Spirit is the one who deposits the seeds of vision in the heart, it’s the vision carrier who prays it into existence so that the seed grows and begins to produce fruit.
It’s not just our hard work that achieves the impossible, but faith that releases the power of God to help us achieve the vision He gives us. In fact, without faith it is impossible to please God!
‘Without faith it is impossible to please God’ – Hebrews 11:16a
David Yonggi Cho says that, “When you have vision, you should pray until you have faith”. There are many who have the seeds of vision, but few who have spent time in prayer to build the faith they need to accomplish it.
It wasn’t Nehemiah’s wisdom, street smarts, influence or power that paved the way for the impossible to be accomplished, but faith filled prayer that caused the seeds of vision to burst into life.
No matter how large or small your seeds of vision may be, spend time in prayer to build your faith and see the impossible brought to life!