Prayers of Preparation precede Prayer of Anticipation
And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
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 in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.”
We see in Neh.1:3 that Nehemiah heard the bad news of the wall of Jerusalem being broken down, and gates destroyed by fire.
Nehemiah’s first response, as noted in verse 4, was to weep, mourn, fast and pray before the God of Heaven.
In chapter two, Nehemiah is doing his regular work when the king notices his countenance is sad, which is unusual, and asks Nehemiah what is wrong.
Nehemiah’s first response, before answering the king, was a quick prayer to God.
He then told his concern to the king, who favourably asked a few questions, and then sent Nehemiah, and prepared the way for him to go rebuild the wall.
This demonstrates, to me anyway, the example of being in a close relationship with God always through prayer, even though He knows all things, it is good to tell Him all that is on our mind, because that keeps it close to our heart then also.
After much time spent with God, when the king asked Nehemiah what was wrong, Nehemiah said a short call out prayer to God, then spoke to the king. There was not time for a long prayer, and since Nehemiah had prayed, and prepared himself earlier, he could speak his thoughts to the king immediately.
A close relationship with God in all things, at all times, is a necessity to walk through this life, being prepared to call out to God in any situation that arises.