“… I pray…grant me mercy in the sight of this man [King Artaxerxes]…” (Nehemiah 1:11).
It took four months before God began to answer Nehemiah’s prayer, but he definitely wasn’t idle during this time!
During these four months, Nehemiah did more than pray; he planned. In Nisan, the king asked Nehemiah why he seemed heartsick.
“This is nothing but sorrow of heart,” said the king. “What’s bothering you, Nehemiah?”
“My hometown is in ruins,” replied Nehemiah.
Then the king asked, “What would you like to do?”
“So I prayed to the God of heaven. And then I said to the king…” (vv. 2-5).
Nehemiah’s request to King Artaxerxes was very specific.
- He told the king how long…
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