One who has been disobedient may pray. He may pray for pardoning mercy and the peace of his soul. He may come to God’s footstool with tears, with confession, with penitent heart, and God will hear him and answer his prayer. But this kind of praying does not belong to the child of God, but to the penitent sinner, who has no other way by which to approach God. It is the possession of the unjustified soul, not of him who has been saved and reconciled to God. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
The promises of God to sinners of every kind and degree are equally sure and steadfast, and are made real and true by the earnest cries of all true penitents. It is just as true with the Divine promises made to the unsaved when they repent and seek God, that they are realized in answer to the prayers of broken-hearted sinners, as it is true that the promises to believers are realized in answer to their prayers. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
This magnificent prayer demonstrates many attributes that mark the prayers of a victorious believer. Nehemiah earnestly confessed the sins of his people, he implored God to hear him, and he asked for success in the work he believed God had called him to. This is an ideal model for all who humbly desire to faithfully serve their Lord.
Prayer always brings forgiveness to the seeking soul. The abundant pardon is dependent upon the promise made real by the promise of God to the sinner. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)