They were making confession and bowing down to Jehovah their God.
During this celebration of the Festival of Booths, the Levites represented the people with a well-prepared prayer. (Neh. 9:1-4) No doubt, their frequent reading of God’s Law helped the Levites to prepare this meaningful prayer. The first ten verses focus exclusively on Jehovah’s works and qualities. In the remaining part of the prayer, God’s “abundant mercy” is repeatedly highlighted along with a clear admission that the Israelites were not worthy of such kind treatment. (Neh. 9:19, 27, 28, 31) Our prayers to Jehovah will also be fresh and meaningful if, like those Levites, we daily meditate on God’s Word, allowing Jehovah to speak to us before we pray at length to him. (Ps. 1:1, 2) The prayer contains only one modest request. (Neh. 9:32) Thus, the Levites set a good example for us to praise and thank Jehovah first before making personal requests in our prayers. w13 10/15 3:5-7
Song 50 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 2 Samuel 9-12 (8 min.)
No. 1: 2 Samuel 10:13–11:4 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: Benaiah (No. 1)
No. 3: What Hope Can We Have for the Dead?
Monthly Theme: Help all sorts of people come to an accurate knowledge of truth.
—1 Tim. 2:3, 4.
10 min: How Paul Helped Greeks to Come to an Accurate Knowledge of Truth. Discussion. Have Acts 17:22-31 read. Consider how this account can help us in our ministry.
20 min: Jehovah Will Help You Be Bold. Discussion. Play the video Jehovah Will Help You Be Bold. (Go to jw.org, and look under BIBLE TEACHINGS > CHILDREN.) Invite comments from the audience on the lessons taught by the video. Ask school-age children to comment on how this video helped them to have the courage to witness to their schoolmates and teachers. Have a reenactment of an outstanding experience that one of the children had when witnessing at school.
Song 60 and Prayer