So we rebuilt the wall until the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had the will to keep working.
When Sanballat, Tobiah, and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the repair to the walls of Jerusalem was progressing and that the gaps were being closed, they became furious. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw it into confusion. So we prayed to our God and stationed a guard because of them day and night. (Nehemiah 4:6-10)
Progress. Opposition. Strategy.
That’s often the pattern. We make progress together, then there’s opposition. How we respond matters. Some give up. Some get stubborn and forge forward without any change, which can be damaging, and some ignore there’s an issue. Some get manipulative. I suppose all of those approaches are strategies.
But prayer, then response to that prayer, seems like the best strategy to me. We don’t simply pray to get affirmed or to feel better, and we can’t just leave it as “we prayed.” Prayer changes us even when the situation doesn’t change. And change demands a response.
Start with prayer, then continue to pray with the willingness to change with action, humility, and boldness.