July 19, 2018

After praying and fasting, Ezra charged the people of Judah to separate themselves from the Gentiles living in the land and from their foreign wives. True revival can only come on a personal, congregational, or national level when God’s people are willing to confess...

July 18, 2018

Prayer and confession always go hand in hand. Ezra’s sorrow and remorse greatly impacted the people of Judah. Ezra’s prayer was more productive than a sermon, for when the people saw him praying, weeping, and in mourning, they realized the severity of their sin....

July 17, 2018

As Ezra prayed, he reflected on God’s remarkable goodness and grace, because He brought back a remnant of His people from exile, and He had allowed them to live in the Promised Land again. Once again, Israel had a safe position, a standing in God’s favor and in His...

July 16, 2018

What does it mean to spread out your hands to God? It means that you are not concealing anything. It means when you go to God in prayer, that your mind and soul stand absolutely naked before Him. Ezra went to God with his hands and his heart wide open. He was holding...

July 13, 2018

When Ezra arrived with his delegation, he found that the Temple had been rebuilt, but not the city walls. Spiritually, many of the returning exiles were in bad shape. They had intermarried with the heathen. Immorality and idolatry were rampant. When Ezra learned of...

July 12, 2018

Before beginning the long and dangerous journey back to Jerusalem, Ezra ordered the people to pray and fast. As they humbled themselves before God, they sought His guidance and asked for His protection. As heavenly-bound pilgrims, we also need God’s guidance and...