“Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” SO I PRAYED TO THE GOD OF HEAVEN. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor…”
Nehemiah stood before the king and was given a moment, a brief quick moment, when the King lent him his ear and asked his desire. I love the truth tucked right between Nehemiah 2:4a and 2:5, you know the part I capitalized up there! Why do I love it so? I love it because in a brief moment, the blink of an eye, right where he was, right as he continued on, Nehemiah cried out to the Lord in his heart and asked for the Lord’s help before he opened his mouth to answer the king!
The gift of prayer is beyond words and beyond comprehension! I am thankful to have grown up in a church where prayer was foundational. I went to college where prayer was foundational. In my family prayer is foundational. I feel I have been blessed with the rich soil of a comfortableness with prayer. I am not an expert, by no means!! I have a lot to learn! I would not even say praying is something I do well. I would say prayer is something I am thankful for, something I love, something I am willing to do for myself and for others, something I will do out loud with others or alone in my heart. Prayers, long or short, are a treasured gift! The Lord says talk to me, seek me, come to me, and I will listen!
Nehemiah did not have time to form a wordy elaborate prayer. He must have taken a deep breath and in that moment cast himself before the Lord asking for help. How very beautiful!
I am looking for Nehemiah prayer moments this week, times when I need to take a deep breath, cast myself before the Lord to ask for help and then answer.