"The king said to me, 'What is it you want?' Then I prayed to the God of heaven." - Nehemiah 2:4

Nehemiah is a man of prayer. This verse records one of the most interesting prayers in the Bible. We aren't given the words that are offered up, and really, we don't need them.

This quick prayer is in the middle of a conversation with the king. It was silent and it was right before responding to the king's question. It could only have amounted to a few words - "Lord help me," or maybe "God, give me success."

Nehemiah has already spent much time in prayer about this issue. Whatever God had determined needs to be done about the situation had already been decided, therefore one more prayer wasn't going to change His mind.

Instead, this prayer is more for Nehemiah. It is a matter of calming him down. It is his way of reassuring himself that God is with him. By praying to God, he is reminding himself that God has already heard his prayers. Through this short conversation with God, Nehemiah draws strength.

Not all prayers are meant to be short prayers, but not all prayers need to be lengthy ones either. We aren't heard because of the length of our prayers, but simply because we cry out to God for help.

Lord God, bless me today. Lead me to do your will, today and always. Amen.
Sep 25 2018