Real change will always spark real opposition. Changing the status quo will always be opposed by those who seek to maintain it. To not acknowledge the opposition puts the work at risk, but to focus on the opposition shifts our focus from God. We need to balance staying focused on the work and trusting Jesus for vindication.
Prayer is the first work” is more than a final sentence in our vision statement or a nice sentiment for us to express. Rather, prayer should infuse our worship, our planning and our interactions with others. For Nehemiah, prayer was the first work, but it wasn't the only work.
Prayer is the fundamental activity of the Christian, and is at the heart of what it means to live the Christian life. Through worship, repentance, thanksgiving and intercession, the heart of God is formed in those who pray. Prayer re-centers us around the holiness of an Almighty God, dignifying and humbling us at the same time.