So here's what has stuck with me about this verse: the enemies were coming and those rebuilding the wall did some serious prayer, but not only did they pray--they acted. "We prayed to our God AND posted a guard day and night to meet this threat." It's not that God couldn't manage on His own. The Jews were fearful that they were going to be slaughtered, but Nehemiah positioned people with swords and bows and told them not to fear for God would fight for them. Their enemies stopped when they found out that they knew about the plot and that God had frustrated it.
A relationship with Jesus isn't going between "Hey Jesus, I need your help on this one, so I'll step back and let you handle it all ..." or "Hey Jesus, I've got this one, so you can lay low..." It's more like
"Lord, show me what we are going to do."
Sometimes we are to act...and sometimes we need to just be still before the Lord. But if we are abiding in Him and seeking to hear His voice, then it will be easier to learn when to act and when to wait. These are just somethings the Lord has been teaching me lately & I pray that something of this will be an encouragement to you. Questions, comments, and further discussion are welcome. :]