God’s Rallying Cry

A devotion on Nehemiah 4:20

“Wherever you hear the sound of the shofar, rally there to us. Our God will fight for us.”
–Nehemiah 4:20

The shofar is a musical instrument made from a ram’s horn.

Jewish people used the shofar during times of celebration and times of battle. During times of celebration, it was a call to prayer. During times of battle it was a call to rally together; to be united in the fight.

One of the primary aspects of prayer should be to rally together with God — to unite with Him in our fight against Satan. So, metaphorically speaking, prayer is our shofar.

When we call out to God in prayer each day, any time of the day or night, we are uniting ourselves with Him and acknowledging our need for His leadership and wisdom. In doing so, we need to hear and obey what Jesus says. We need to allow Him to take charge of our lives and fight for us.

That’s why it’s so important to spend time reading the Bible each day, talking to God in prayer, seeking fellowship and teaching from other Christians, and living our lives in ways that show we are putting our full faith in God. “God, I am Yours,” is our rallying cry!


Dear God, I am calling You to go before me in battle and to be the leader of my life. I am willingly, wholly, Yours. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


What areas of my life do I need to turn over to God?