Me and the guys went through the Nehemiah Challenge about a month early before we rolled everything out and one of the guys decided to go all-in from the start. He wanted an incredible breakthrough with his ex-wife. So here’s the back story. His wife divorced him years ago due to his poor decisions and has been living with another guy for the past year and a half. Since coming to prison, he has completely surrendered his life to Yeshua and is my star disciple hands down. He has four kids and all of them want to see him and their mom get back together, so he has them secretly praying in the background. Then the Nehemiah Challenge comes along and he decides to dive head first and fast till the Lord told him to stop. Four days in he felt like he needed to change his motive from them breaking up to her salvation. On day six he felt like he was supposed to stop fasting. Then he called his kids that night and his eleven year old daughter was so excited to talk to him she could hardly keep it in. She said, “Dad, you’re not going to believe it but mom broke up with her boyfriend! It’s over!” He almost dropped the phone. On the very day that he feels led to stop the fast, he finds out that the Father had answered his prayer to a tee!
Can someone say “AMEN!” We have been praying for this to happen for a long time, but it was not until he decided to go all-in that the yoke of bondage that Isaiah 58 talks about was broken. Our King is a King of restoration and loves to heal that which is broken. He loves to set the captives free and to bring forth the outcasts into His courts.
Soooo…after we hugged and high-fived at the news, I immediately felt like the Spirit was saying that He was in the fields and was ready to answer prayers immediately. That the time of crying out was over. He was ready to move. So I decided to do what I now call the “Prison fast,” where we only drink protein shakes and have no food. The Father moved so quickly with my friend that I was inspired to go all-in myself. And three days into my fast something incredible happened to me too, as the Lord answered my prayer with the same pinpoint accuracy! But you will have to wait a bit before I give mine! It’s still in the making!
In the meantime, if you have not yet joined our “Nehemiah Challenge” prayer marathon, do not waste time thinking and doubting! Time to reap the fruits of your prayers! Join now!
Kim and Kit
We had been trying to pray together whenever we had the chance then after hearing Jim’s message on prayer we had been trying to pray an hour a day for the last week. Yesterday we decided to jump in and take the Nehemiah challenge. About 30 minutes after making the commitment the school nurse called and said our 3rd grader was sick and needed to come home. When I picked her up I became fearful because she was totally pale with black circles around her eyes, was all sweaty, and could hardly walk from dizziness. I’m not one to ever go to the doctor but my first thought was that I should probably take her. Then the Lord just gave me peace and said just to pray. So she laid on the couch and we both prayed, rebuked the enemy, read scripture over her and sang. A couple hours later she woke up and announced “I’m not sick anymore” and has been her normal bouncy self since! Thank You Father!
My wife and I started a Daniel Fast one week prior to the Nehemiah challenge so we were already prepared to start this challenge, We have found that not only are we hearing the voice of Yahweh but we both feel as if a great fog has lifted in our minds. Everything seems much clearer, When asking Yahweh to tell us what or whom to pray for, the word comes with such clarity, more clarity than we’ve ever experienced before. This has been the first time ever that my wife and I have spent so much alone time praying with and for each other. What a tremendous blessing this has been! We can’t wait to see what the Ruach has for us in the coming days! PRIASE TO THE FATHER !
God has awakened Nehemiah in my spirit.
Shalom, I have been with you all since the beginning of the challenge.The prayer protocol has radically changed my prayer life. Tears of repentance flow more easily as I call upon the Ruach. My husband who is Irish Catholic turned against me 5 years ago almost to the exact month, after 24 years of marriage. I have lived under much emotional abuse and pain from him and other members of my family. He issued me with divorce papers 18 months ago citing unreasonable behaviour but through a series of miracles Yaweh has enabled me to say ‘No’! I saw Tony humble himself and repent before me in a dream. My life has been a constant flesh stripping walk. Two days ago for the first time in years he spoke to me with respect and concern telling me not to worry about finances, that he will get plenty of work. My repentance and following the challenge is restoring us back to the husband and wife, bridegroom and bride that Yaweh wants us to be. I give Him all the glory. Thanks so much!
I would like to thank you for what you are doing, this ministry has/is a great influence in my life and that of my family’s. I had taken the Nehemiah Challenge, or resolved myself to do so before I even heard your message. My family and I have been talking about praying and fasting and how we need to do it. Then, I came across another ‘members’ website. On that site he was stating that we should already be praying at least 30 min a day. I wasn’t doing that, at all … and then my wife and I were watching your Power of Prayer and you said the same thing. Ever since then I have been praying at 0222.
Thank you Pastor Jim for following the leading and guiding of The Ruach in giving us the Nehemiah Challenge. My prayer life was very weak and basically broken. The Father was calling me back to prayer these past few months and the Challenge has helped me on that Journey. The first time I used the Challenge I spent two and one half hours before Him. Thanks again following His leading. My wife and I are upholding you and your family and PFT in prayer. Keep up the Good Work Bringing the Torah to the Nations
There is not enough room in this box to explain how Yahweh has worked in my life over the past couple weeks. The Nehemiah Challenge has truly changed my prayer life. Today I had an amazing prayer time. After watching the 3rd phase of the Nehemiah Challenge, I began to pray and for the first time truly begged the Lord for Wisdom and His Spirit to be poured out on me. Before today I was basically just going through the motions, but today something was different. I truly felt His presence. I began to weep as I was crying out to Him. While days leading up to this I would have problems praying for a complete hour even checking the clock to see how close I was getting. Today I prayed for well over 1 hour for the first time without looking at the clock, and truly felt closer to the Lord. Praise Yahweh!
Eight years ago, before my marriage began (and the trials and tribulations that have come with it), I used to wake up before the sunrise and spend an hour or more on my knees and in His Word and worshipping. Oh, how I needed to weep and repent for having allowed the trauma that unfolded in my life to cause me to clean out the treasures and the gifts for Yahweh and open the door for the enemy to come and get comfortable. I was so blind at just how much of the unclean I had partaken with, aligned myself with all the time thinking I was righteous. For years I have longed to get back to the place of worship, but had this blockage to entering in fully. I have learned so much about the root of bitterness and all it\s fruits that I had taken and given to my husband and children. The Father has opened my eyes to the gravity of the spiritual battle for our generations. We had been taken captive, broken down, brainwashed and reprogrammed into his own agents and didn’t even know it. The Father has given me a whole new understanding of Yeshua’s final words “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” and a whole new heart for the commandment to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I now understand the unclean spirit realm and it’s activity through those we think of as our enemies, those who persecute us. It is not the flesh and blood people, but the unclean spirit realm behind their words, actions, persecutions. This compassion came over me for our past generations and all the ugly sins, they truly knew not what they did, they truly knew not the hideousness of the spirits binding them. That old serpent had put his scales upon their eyes, upon my eyes. Something radical happened when I started repenting and asking forgiveness for my generations sins in this understanding. There was a bright flash of light that I could feel throughout my body that burst forth in the darkness of the early morning hours. I believe His healing was released in that moment. It has been a week and He is still revealing things I need to repent for. In addition, my marriage is being healed and my husband is coming back to The Father and to the faith and giftings that had been hindered for many years by the various strongholds of the enemy. He has now joined in the challenge. There’s so much more. The relationship with my mother-in-law who we have not had relationship with for 2 + years is being healed. We learned during Hanukkah that she had come to become part of PFT’s online family after Sukkot this past year. She had joined the Nehemia Challenge also and it has healed our relationship! He is also healing the relationship with my own mother which has long been a place of strife and frustration. We are all in the process of walking out together in repentance for the generational sins of our fathers and taking up our swords together to take back the territory that has been long lost. Thank you PFT for all you do and praise Yah for all He is doing!
The Nehemiah Prayer Challenge along with the daily studies in the Torah have revolutionized my life. I was looking for the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle that could put it all together and now I have. YHVH is so so good. I am not all the way where God is taking me but I believe that I am on the way.
My husband and I have been in a spiritual desert. A few weeks ago I was so fed up and desperate. I cried and prayed. I realized that what was wrong was that I needed to forgive my husband and let go of my resentment. I was feeling unloved and I resented my duties as a wife and mother. Later that day we watched the 2nd video on prayer and the challenge and it was like a light has turned on in my hubby. I have been more cheerful and willing to serve my family with a glad heart and he as been more caring. We have both taken up the challenge and we have both felt huge weights lifting off of our heart, our marriage, and our family. My husbands vision to be the leader of our family and his zeal to be the man, father, and husband the Lord calls him to be has been renewed. I feel like I cried out and the Lord has answered me. Thank you and thank YHVH!
Shalom. I have kept Torah for a year, or so I thought. I did not keep it from the heart. I was trapped in Pornography and kept on being rude to my Mother and Father. But around the high feast days Yah sent me into a long series of events so I could teshuv. The Saturday night that Jim Staley started talking about prayer was the night I decided that I was saved but Yah took me out of His protection to chasten me and show me that I needed to repent. That night I fell on my face and took the Nehemiah challenge (even though it wasn’t called that yet). Yah had already started to reveal to me that we should rise early in the morning to worship Him and worship Him at night (Numbers 28) so waking up early in the morning wasn’t anything new to me. That week Yah started to slowly change me. I am now truly keeping Torah from the heart and not the mere letter, Yah has truly begun His change in me, I thank you all for letting the Father and Messiah to use you all. Shalom and Yah bless. 🙂
Prior to starting this challenge, I was struggling with frustration and angry outburst towards my wife and children. It has been six days, on the 1st day I wept for the entire time, wow did I need that. I am now able to stop and discern before I speak! Also, I have received an increase in the fruits of the Spirit for sure, and I am getting deeper and deeper revelation during my Torah study! Thank you for your obedience Jim Staley.
Joseph and Kristy
My husband Joseph has been uncomfortable with praying out loud and therefore our prayer life together has been limited, but today that all changed! It seems every Shabbat I get a head ache… coincidence, I think not! Tonight I crawled into bed early with my weekly Shabbat head ache and neck pain and began praying the Nehemiah challenge prayer to myself when my husband comes walking into the bed room with the computer and was playing the newsletter reminder video. Then all of the sudden I started to get excruciating chest pains and began to burst out crying in pain. Joe quickly pulled out the Nehemiah Challenge PDF and in bold letters I saw the words REBUKE ENEMY, and we knew we had to pray… aloud! For the first time in our marriage we prayed out loud together beginning with repentance and then upon rebuking the enemy my chest pains instantly vanished! Our one hour prayer challenge easily turned into almost 4 hours. Thank you for challenging us to move forward and for the teachings.
The Nehemiah Challenge is a blessing to me. Thank you!
I have felt deeply convicted to draw near to YHWH, and today I downloaded the prayer and am committing to the challenge. Shalom!
My husband and I have been taking the Nehemiah Challenge since last Shabbat! YAH has been doing amazing things in our life and in our marriage! For once in our marriage my husband and I have been down on our knees praying and weeping. YAH has moved in our hearts and our lives in a mighty way! Strongholds are coming down and we are being bound together with a cord that cannot be broken! Thank you so much for the opportunity to really learn how to pray and seek YAH’s face!! Passion for truth is a blessing to our whole family!
I just started today and cried like a baby. I felt such a cleansing in my spirit. I plan on sharing this challenge during our home bible study tonight. I’ve downloaded and made copies of the protocol to hand out. 🙂
Thank you… Thank you…. You have opened my eyes to a whole new level. I have always thought I didn’t know how to pray, I have struggled with knowing what to pray. And this is going to be a life changing challenge and I thank you. In The name of Yeshua the Messiah may Yahweh Bless You.
I’d been faithful in prayer each day of the 1st week of the challenge until one evening when I fell sound asleep right after work. As I was falling asleep I prayed, “Lord, if this really matters, please wake me in time to pray.” At 11:25 pm the phone rang. Once. Nobody was there. No message. I checked with my children and they hadn’t called. At 11:29 pm, wide awake, I sat on the edge of the bed and the phrase, “Call to Prayer” flashed in my mind. Wow! The Lord is amazing, timely, and apparently has a sense of humor! I knelt and prayed for 30 minutes. The next day as I was reading, I paused at the bottom of a page and before turning it, I asked, “Lord, was that really You who orchestrated that?” I turned the page. There, about 2 inches down, in the text was the phrase “the calls for prayer”. God is amazing. Thank you for your ministry, teaching, and love for the Lord.
Thank you for issuing the Nehemiah Challenge. Although I’ve barely begun, its already been powerful in my life. The first night, it took a full hour to get through the first prayer point (repentance). I myself eagerly looking forward to my Nehemiah hour.
On my fourth day of the Nehemiah Challenge YHVH revealed to me that I have never said “I’m sorry” to Him. I’ve said “I confess”, “I repent”, and “Forgive me” but I had NEVER said “I’m sorry”. He showed me how hurt I am when my husband offends me & doesn’t say I’m sorry, how desperately I want him to say sorry but he only says “Accept my apology”. YHVH has also given me AND my husband boldness. I was always afraid of offending my Christian friends. My husband never bothered trying to challenge anyone. We’re speaking (& writing) His truth & I hope people are digging deeper into the Word & stepping outside of what they’ve been taught.
I have been continually praying, at 4 am my husband and I both awoke. My husband related a strange dream he had just awoke from. I had sent him to the barn to butcher a peacock for dinner. He and another man killed the peacock and begin to strip its feathers, but as they do they see the skin resembles that of a women. The bird jumps up and runs to a pond where it jumps in. As they go after the bird they gaze into the water and see a woman under the water. They then go to find help and see a multitude of people milling about the barn yard. At that point he woke up and so did I. As he was relating this dream, the Holy Spirit related to me that the peacock is pride. The feathers were the pride being stripped away. The woman was the body of Christ. The water was cleansing, baptism. I have been praying for my husband and family members to rid themselves of pride annd open their hearts to truth. I have been praying for myself to banish pride from my heart! First time to interpret a dream.
Loving what Abba is doing this week in my life through this challenge. Up until Sunday it was a chore to make it through 30 minutes with God if that. These last few weeks on this topic of prayer He has opened my eyes to its power as I have began to don His spiritual armor daily. However the application process was not working as well as understanding it. This week however I have struggled to keep my prayer in the allotted hour I have made first thing in the morning. I am desperate throughout the day to find any spare time to get back into His presence. Praise Abba for this ‘revelation’ and bless PFT for speaking truth to the nations as always!
I’ve actually been spending an hour or more in prayer almost every morning for the past 6+ months. I’ve never considered myself to be an intercessor or much of a prayer warrior before, but the Ruach just dropped it in my spirit one day that I was to start praying! Not knowing where to start, I scripted my own liturgy which I began reciting, then I pray the Shema, the Amidah, and I say prayers for Israel & America too. This helps me stay on track and now I’ve memorized it so I can pray anytime, anywhere. I was elated when Pastor Jim gave the Nehemiah Challenge. The \”Amidah\” comes from Nehemiah’s era! Most of Jim’s outline is also the format I follow, so it’s a confirmation to me that I am \”on track\” and the Ruach is speaking to His people! Whenever I miss a day, I really feel something is missing. The daily praying has really helped reorder my priorities. I desire to spend quality time with Adonai. I feel His intimacy as never before and answers to prayer come quickly!
Been praying in the morning and my spirit is so full of joy throughout the day! It is like drinking water for the first time after being in the desert for a long time! Praise Adonai!!!!
Day three and, all I can say is praise YHWH. Since the Nehemiah challenge my father has received news that what they thought may be cancer again was not. They thought it may be a fungus ball in his lungs so we prayed about that and it is not a fungus. He has been healed. Also, the doors have opened for me, and I mean wide open to start ministering and recording. I was approached and Yah gave me the faith I needed so I am stepping out in faith. My ten and seven year old are so excited about this challenge, and both have said Yah has told them they are to pray for those who do not know Yah and his truth. Watching them grow in their prayer life is by far my greatest joy.
I have just really begun learing about and starting this challenge. I watched part one of the Nehemiah challenge two days ago and as soon as I finished I dropped to my knees overcome and prayed for the next like half hour to 45 minutes. I haven’t yet had the daily half hour prayer time in the night but I plan on starting tonight and doing it for a week as it says… without that though. One of the biggest things that has come out of this message so far it the incredible new understanding and view of YHVH, of His holiness and who He is as King and Lord in my life. I have a new reverence for Him. It is changing my attutide in everything from school, to how I work to how I speak with my family! I know it is only going to get better as I begin to go deeply into serious prayer to/with Him. Thank you for this message and when I get further into this challenge I will come back and share again all that YHVH is doing!
I started the challenge not expecting a breakthrough, but ended up having one before the last service was even over. I have had very tumultuous relationships with both my biological father and my step father of twenty years. I kept saying in my head I was forgiving them, but the hurt kept coming back. Satan knew exactly when to bring it up. When we did the part of the prayer to forgive the sins of my father’s house, I completely released what I have kept trapped my whole life. If I am asking YHVH to forgive them, then I have to as well. My heart feels at peace because I learned how to pray. I am excited to see where this challenge leads, thank you.
Comments: Following the Nehemiah Challenge outline has been a challenge. I have the option to speak aloud when praying and I have been saying things aloud that I thought I would never say, or that have been buried deep inside of me and I didn’t know that was how I felt. Many tears and admissions are present starting at the repentance. By the time I get to reading Psalms 145-150 it lifts me up to know his will and love. I have asked for Wisdom, but I have also asked for Grace. Never having enough of either, I need both of these as they cover a multitude of emotions. Thank you for this challenge and I look forward to getting to know who I am and who I can be.