We are created to worship. However, much of the fallen world stands in the way of that worship, and it's only through Jesus that we can truly engage the eternal. Worship orients our lives back to what is true.
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.