The king noticed Nehemiah’s sadness and asked him what was wrong. Let us read it again in context.

In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart. Nehemiah 2:1-2


This was Nehemiah’s responce:

I was very much afraid, but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire? Nehemiah 2:2b-3


After hearing the cause of Nehemiah’s sadness, the King then said to Nehemiah:

The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Nehemiah 2:4a


Nehemiah’s response to this question is where we get our lesson for today:


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. Nehemiah 2:4b-5


Remember, Nehemiah is in the presence of the King. This means he prayed in front of the king. It also means nobody heard what Nehemiah told God. One other thing about this prayer is that it must have been a very, very short prayer. This prayer qualifies to be an emergency prayer.

Read it again:

Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king Nehemiah 2:4b-5



  1. Surely there is something call an “Emergency Prayer!” Nehemiah did not have time to go out to pray. He could not even verbalize his prayer loudly. This was a silent prayer, if there is anything like it.
  2. Have you ever prayed this kind of prayer? What were the circumstances? Did you come through?
  3. What are some of the circumstances that will necessitate an emergency prayer? Name a few.
  4. One more lesson: Always call on God for help in every circumstance.


The king said to me, “What is it you want?”

Then I prayed to the God of heaven

Nehemiah 2:4


Read: Nehemiah 2:4

Marked: 1:4

By Pastor Shadrack Ruto

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