A prayer from Nehemiah 13:31: “Remember me, O my God, for good.”
Though Jerusalem was restored and its walls completed by your servant Nehemiah, he remembered yet that “we are slaves this day,” that we are not yet immune to the entrapments of your enemies.
Remember me as you remembered your servant Noah and all of the animals in the ark, sending a wind over the earth that the waters would recede. By and with your same sovereign freedom, remember me, O my God.
Though I will forget you, I pray you will not forget me. You are a gracious and merciful God. Remember me according to your property, which is always to have mercy.
Remember me, O my God, for good—not according to my goodness or by measuring my merits, but according to and only through the merits of your Son our Savior, Christ Jesus the Lord.
Remember me for good and not for evil, not according to those things I have done or left undone, those things which I have said or left unsaid.
Remember me, Lord Christ, as you come into your kingdom. We are beggars; it is true. We beg for that which we do not deserve: your favor, kindness, mercy, and grace. Indeed, only through the merits and mediation of your Son are we able to ask, as we otherwise are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, to enter your courts, or to come before you in prayer and petition.
Woe to me, as I am a man of unclean lips! Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
Remember me, O my God, for good. Remember me, and cause me to remember your work of redemption and restoration. As Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, we too, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house and a royal priesthood—a people of your own possession. Though we once were not, we now are, as you give life to the dead and call into existence the things that do not exist. Remember me, O my God, as you remembered the dry and dismembered bones, bringing life, breath, and flesh where there was only nothing.
Remember me, O my God, for good!