Then I prayed to the God of heaven
and I answered the king,
“If it pleases the king
and if your servant has found favor in his sight,
let him send me to the city in Judah
where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”
Then the King, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me,
“How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?”
It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
The king was willing to let Nehemiah go – and there are at least two important reasons why he was willing: 1) Nehemiah prayed for God to work in the king’s heart, and 2) Nehemiah had found favor in the sight of the king!
Did you catch these two points as you read? Here they are again:
Then I prayed to the God of heaven…
“…if your servant has found favor in your sight…”
Proverbs 21:1 says,
In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
that he channels toward all who please him.
God can work in the heart of anyone – even a king!
Jesus said, if you want to be great in the kingdom of God, be the servant of all. Nehemiah was a godly servant, honoring Artaxerxes as king, and Artaxerxes honored him by granting his request.
Today’s questions are these:
1) Do I pray to my God when facing uncertain or scary situations?
2) Do I live in a God honoring way – a way that will win the favor of others?
If you can say, “Yes” to both, then be bold for God and move forward. If not, start with seeking our great God more in prayer!